I strongly believe that a diverse set of experiences often leads to success, whether we are talking about careers or projects. My journey in beer started in 2007, as a Trainee of Zagrebačka brewery in Croatia, during the time in worked in several commercial areas, when in 2011 I decided to join COTRUGLI Business School MBA program through the scholarship application opportunity.
Working and studying wasn’t always an easy task, however I found working in group MBA project interesting and useful, as it really captured some of the underlying principles of every successful teamwork: open conversations, challenging each other, building on ideas and sometimes disagreeing, but committing to progress the work together!
I also found studying in an international environment very enjoyable as different cultures and backgrounds emerge different ways of thinking, whether coming from lecturers or colleagues.
Perhaps a coincidence, but not long after graduating the MBA course I joined the international division of Molson Coors, primarily focusing on development of brands through partnerships in Russia and Ukraine, later Eastern Europe and as of recently in Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia -Pacific. It has been a great and diverse experience which still excites me.
One principle we always valued during COTRUGLI studies, and which I still find true today was: Work Hard, Play Hard – business makes sense if you are doing it with people who you like to have on the team, and with who you have fun with!