2,500 CEOs and Guests Convene in Istanbul for YPO Global Leadership Summit

More than 2,500 chief executives are gathered in Istanbul today and tomorrow for the 2013 Global Leadership Summit hosted by YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).

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I very much look forward to meeting with this respected and influential group of international CEOs and welcoming them to Istanbul, one of the world’s truly great cities. — Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company

Istanbul, Turkey (PRWEB) February 28, 2013

More than 2,500 chief executives are gathered in Istanbul today and tomorrow for the 2013 Global Leadership Summit hosted by YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™.

The event, one of the largest gatherings of chief executives in the world, brings together YPO members from more than 100 countries for exclusive dialogue with world leaders on navigating challenging and changing economies, firsthand accounts from former heads of state, and idea exchange with business leaders on the front lines of the economy on a number of topics ranging from technology and finance to philanthropy and social enterprise.

Keynote presenters include Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Ireland; Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, chairman of the British Olympic Association; Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and ONE DROP; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece; and Gerhard Schröder, former chancellor of Germany.

Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, said, “The global business community has a growing responsibility to work with government and civil society organizations to make a real and lasting positive difference for the individuals, families and communities we serve. I very much look forward to meeting with this respected and influential group of international CEOs and welcoming them to Istanbul, one of the world’s truly great cities.”

Key discussion topics for the Summit will include global and personal development, environment and sustainability, technology and media, and global business and leadership.

“Istanbul is the perfect place for our annual event as we explore how we as business leaders will move forward and remain connected as global citizens,” said Hamdi Onar, chairman and chief executive officer of Retro Investments, Inc., chair of the YPO Europe Region and a member of the YPO Istanbul Chapter.

Past Global Leadership Summits have been held in Singapore, Denver, Barcelona, Miami, Toronto, Cape Town, Sydney and other major cities and have featured prominent leaders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; King Abdullah II of Jordan; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. The 2014 event is slated for Los Angeles.

About YPO
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 20,000 peers and their families in more than 120 countries with access to unique experiences, world-class resources, alliances with top learning institutions, and specialized Networks that help them enhance their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit http://www.ypo.org. Also see us on http://www.facebook.com/youngpresorg and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/YPOPublic.


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