The following post was composed by one of our MIM Alumni, Gessica Lomonte. You can check out how her start-up is doing, here. When you are starting a new company finding awesome team members can be one of your biggest challenges. Your salary is likely to be much lower than the market rate; your boss could…Details
Doing an MBA at IE and living in Madrid for a year and half is a life changing experience. I have met the most amazing people and made friends all over the world. Madrid is a wonderful city to live in and has plenty to offer, which can sometimes be a challenge to staying focused…Details
BBA Students Eiso Kant and Jorge Schnura talking about their company TYBA and their IE Venture Day win. They explain how the company was created and how it feels to be the first undergraduate team from IE University to win first place at IE Venture Day.
IE Business School held Global Village 2013 in June this year. Five hundred students and alumni from over 80 countries took part in the multicultural event, which served to showcase the best of their countries’ cuisine, art and traditions. There were stands from 25 countries in this ninth edition of Global Village, providing information on…Details
Entrepreneurs Martin Varsavsky (founder and CEO, FON) and Bernhard Niesner (co-founder and CEO, busuu.com) met with second-year BBA student Carolina, to discuss success, failure and the right time to be an entrepreneur.
Berklee College of Music, IE Business School, and Midem today announce the first-ever Rethink Music Venture Day, to take place in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the nhow Music and Lifestyle Hotel. The event merges Rethink Music’s experience in fostering positive change for the future of the music industry and IE’s global…Details
Making Change Happen is a one-week intensive module that forms part of the core IMBA curriculum at IE Business School. This dynamic module provides students with the unique opportunity to interact with seasoned professionals and learn firsthand about different ways to approach change management initiatives. This year IE is proud to have collaborated with another…Details
IE Business School holds the No. 3 position worldwide in finance according to the 2013 Ranking of Masters in Finance published by Financial Times. IE achieved this result in the pre-experience category with its full-time English-taught Master in Finance, aimed at young professionals with an international profile. The student body of IE’s Master in Finance…Details
On day 1 of his International MBA, Prasad Dalvi, started writing about his life at IE and in Spain – so far, every day one post and he aims to continue until all the 416 days of his program are over… Follow his journey on his blog 416! Luckily, he took some time to answer…Details
If you have invested in the stock market or worked at a public company from 1998 through 2012 you have experienced two large bubbles and the aftermath of their bursts. Bubbles can have long lasting and spectacular effects on businesses and individuals. Learning about these and other bubbles may help your firm better prepare for…Details
How many times have we read or listened to someone saying that if you have a good idea, the results will come? Well, sorry to say it is not really the case. Having a great idea is key, but knowing how to execute your idea is of paramount importance. In a startup context there is…Details
IE Business School holds the No. 2 position worldwide in the ranking of Executive MBA programs drawn up for the first time by The Economist. This achievement further consolidates IE’s position as one of the world’s leading business schools for senior management education. The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA run jointly by Northwestern (Kellogg) and York (Schulich)…Details
When I went for a coffee with Arbitration and International Commercial Law Professor Justin Swinsick to get to know him a bit better and talk about what kind of video we could come up with together, he told me he was going to Vienna with an IE student team to attend an international law competition. The first…Details
Ideas, the IE Alumni Magazine, interviewed Cristina Bondolowski, VP Global Brands at Coca-Cola Company and IE Master in Marketing graduate from 1995:
“The most important thing is to have very clear ideas and then get things done instead of worrying about them.” This is the philosophy Cristina Bondolowski has successfully applied at each of the challenges she has faced to become world executive director of the most famous soft drink on the planet: Coca-Cola. Always with the same work formula: “Kicking into action when I face a challenge”
After working under a fellowship at IBM during the last two years of her degree, graduating in Business Administration at CEU San Pablo and completing an MBA at IE Business School, her interest in marketing took her to companies that included Estrella Seguros, Pepsico, Universal & Paramount Video Pictures, and Colgate-Palmolive, “where there was a school exclusively for marketing”, on her way to Coca-Cola at the end of the 1990s. She started working as manager of one of the company’s products (Sprite) and later became the brand’s director in Spain. She was then promoted to director of the fizzy drinks business unit in the same subsidiary.
Since May 2008, she has controlled Coca-Cola’s global development strategy in the 207 markets in which it operates. Has so much responsibility ever made you feel giddy?
If I’m honest, it has never made me feel giddy. First of all because we are all directors of the Coca-Cola brand because we all have an opinion about it. I always say that Coca-Cola is like the economy: everyone wants to give their opinion and they do so because they are interested and that is a very good starting point. And, of course, you feel very protected when you have so many brand directors outside and inside the company. The main challenge has been how to lead those points of view in the direction I want them to go. And it has never made me feel giddy because when the company offers you a position like that, it’s because they think you are capable. Perhaps one of the things Spanish directors often lack is the ability to believe in themselves. When you go elsewhere and start working with people from other cultures, you realise they believe in themselves much more than we do. In the end, the company takes its decisions on the back of a great deal of experience. They have seen your work, you have achieved results in your starting country (in my case, Spain) and they select you because they want the way you understand the business, the brand, marketing and team leadership to be applied and transmitted on a global scale.Details