Javier Polit: unclogging the technology pipeline.

Author:Jaime, Kristian

When it comes to seeing more diversity in the technology sector, the remedy starts with education.

Javier Polit, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Bottling Investments Group, The Coca-Cola Company, knows all too well that the climb to the top of the corporate ladder starts well before gainful employment.

"After a year of taking requirements when I was in college, I was an architecture major," said Polit. "But then I took a few classes in technology and business systems and I really enjoyed them. Javier reached out to his father who supported his change of degree because he knew that would make him happy every time he went to work.

For a man used to racking up frequent flyer miles for business engagements, joining such a respected organization seemed like a natural fit.

"I started working for the Coca-Cola Company more than 13 years ago and it's been a phenomenal experience," continued Polit. "Early on, Polit was very attracted to the company because of his international experience, having lived and worked abroad. Coca-Cola being a truly global company and being ranked as one of the top companies in executive development was very attractive to Javier.

Success as a CIO is more than just digital and technological expertise; it is about understanding the business, finance, supply chain and many other key levers that drive revenue, operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Hiring the right person for the post is as much about vision as it is adaptability. Working in a modern market is very different than working in an emerging market.

"I've had the opportunity to do business in over 40 countries and it is rewarding to have the ability to understand, respect and work with various leaders. Different parts of the world have their own approaches and work ethics and a global leader needs to be equipped to work and lead with agility to share success. But at the end of the day, technology solutions need to support each country's profit & loss statements," said Polit.

With such varying conditions in each market, the best solutions to maximizing sustained profitability are the ones most sensitive to each economic circumstance. Companies with a global profile like Coca-Cola have been more than trendsetters in the field of integrating technology.

They have been at the forefront of branding and assembling a diverse workforce into a business model that is constantly evolving and innovating. The process of staying ahead of the technology curve is far...

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