Frito-Lay Honors Operations Associates Named as PepsiCo’s Top Performers

October 26, 2010

Thirty-Six Frito-Lay Associates Inducted into PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions

PLANO, Texas - Thirty-six U.S.- and Canadian-based Operations associates from Frito-Lay North America were honored as PepsiCo’s top performers worldwide with induction into the inaugural group of Chairman’s Circle of Champion winners. Only 216 associates from PepsiCo’s more than 250,000-person global Operations team won this inaugural honor.  PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi hosted the First Annual Chairman’s Circle of Winners induction ceremony on October 14 during a gala ceremony at the world renowned Museum of Natural History in New York City.

“The Frito-Lay U.S. and Canadian associates being inducted in the PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions exemplify the pride and passion needed to make and distribute the best possible snacks to consumers,” said Leslie Starr Keating, senior vice president, Operations, Frito-Lay North America. “These winners’ attention to detail and commitment to quality are an example to each of us at PepsiCo.”

Award winners represent an elite group of operations associates from around the world who demonstrate exceptional performance in the area of safety, quality, service, cost, sustainability and people skills. Frito-Lay is committed to recognizing and championing the achievements of its greatest asset – its employees. Talent sustainability is a core PepsiCo value and a key to Performance with Purpose.

Frito-Lay’s 2010 PepsiCo’s Chairman’s Circle of Champions:

Victor Alvarez – Modesto, Calif.
Nathan Arnett – Summit, Ill.
Jacquie Asbury – San Diego, Calif.
Tori Bello – Joplin, Mo.
Cheryl Bettanhausen – Plano, Texas
Jayson Boser – Redmond, Wash.
Jeff Connelly – Richmond, Va.
Ronald Cooper – Denver, Colo.
Rick Crick – Frankfort, Ind.
Frank Decaro – Chicopee, Mass.
Lorraine Eckman – Wooster, Ohio
Shane Evensen – Fox Valley, Wis.
Jeff Green – York, Pa.
Carol Ann Govier – Cambridge, Ontario
Jack Harkrider – Dallas, Texas
Bobbie Harrie – Beloit, Wis.
Greg Hladky – Topeka, Kan.
Alma Jean Jamerson – Orlando, Fla.
Ellen Johnson – Lynchburg, Va.
Joseph (Pete) Kelly – Perry, Ga.
Barb Logue – Williamsport, Pa.
Gary Magrey – Killingly, Conn.
Ronnie Meyers – Wooster, Ohio
Joel Morris – Daytona, Fla.
William (Dale) Morris – Kern, Calif.
Tracey Myers – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Craig Parker – Lethbridge, Alberta
Sanjay Prasad – Modesto, Calif.
Gary Sanford – Binghamton, N.Y.
Jonathan Sumners – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Russ Vail – Vancouver, Wash.
Michael Williams – Charlotte, N.C.
Joel Willits – Dallas, Texas
Daniel Wilson – Irving, Texas
James (Charlie) Winstead – Jonesboro, Ark.
Patricia Zimmer – Binghamton, N.Y.

Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site,, the Snack Chat blog, and on Twitter at

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