Neville Isdell is the former global CEO and Chairman of The
Originally born in Downpatrick, Neville has lived and worked in
over 11 countries around the world,
on jobs nobody else wanted to take” and
up messes no one else wanted to own.”
He spent his life battling Pepsi, leading through empathy and
rising up the company ranks before retiring to Barbados at 60, only
to receive a phone call a few months later asking him to return to
the company as CEO and chair… a challenge that he said yes
In today’s conversation we talk about:
Why his family moved to Africa when he was a boy
Lessons learned from a lifetime of leadership
What's he's setting his sight on as 80 approaches
And how a lad from Northern Ireland ended up in the driver's seat
of one of the largest companies on the planet.
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