Posted by William A. Nunnelley on 2007-08-29

Mary Page Platerink, director of Strategy for Global Customer & Commercial Leadership at The Coca-Cola Company, will speak to the Samford Business Network meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Friday, Sept. 7.

The luncheon meeting will be at Coca-Cola Headquarters at 12 noon. The luncheon is a free event, but advance registration is required through or by calling 205 726-2364.

Platerink manages the Coca-Cola System's global relationship with its top 22 customers and is responsible for the development of Global Customer & Commercial leadership three-year strategic and annual plans. The company has operations in more than 192 countries worldwide.

In addition to the Platerink talk, luncheon attendees will be able to meet key corporate leaders from Northern Ireland, who will be in Atlanta for their fall trade mission. The Northern Ireland business leaders will be special guests of the network meeting.

The Samford Business Network chapter in Atlanta meets quarterly, as do its counterparts in Birmingham and Nashville, Tenn. Samford alumni and business professionals are invited to attend.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.