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Steven Williams
Steven Williams

CEO

PepsiCo Foods North America

Steven Williams is currently the CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America leading the $18 billion snack and convenient foods business that includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA).

Steven, a 20-year PepsiCo veteran, has served as CEO since March 29, 2019. Prior to this role, Steven served as senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Frito-Lay’s U.S. organization, overseeing all selling and commercial activities for U.S. field sales, customer teams and headquarter commercialization, in addition to leading a large multi-functional sales organization, spanning all Frito-Lay retail customers, channels and go-to-market systems. 

Steven also previously served as senior vice president and general manager for Frito-Lay’s East division where he was responsible for the overall business and performance management for the six geographic regions in the Eastern U.S.

Earlier in his tenure at PepsiCo, Steven led the company’s global Walmart business, managing the PepsiCo portfolio of products across all aspects of the Walmart Business worldwide, including Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, and Walmart International Divisions. In this role, he delivered significant retail sales and share growth in Walmart. 

Steven also previously led sales for a number of PepsiCo’s largest food and beverage brands, leading multi-channel and cross-functional teams to deliver revenue, profit and growth. 

Steven joined PepsiCo in 2001 as part of PepsiCo’s acquisition of the Quaker Oats Company, which he joined in 1997, and has held leadership positions of increased responsibility in sales, general management, customer management, sales planning and shopper marketing. 

Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School. Steven currently resides in Dallas, TX, with his wife.

Jamie Caulfield
Jamie Caulfield
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer PepsiCo Foods North America

Jamie Caulfield is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for PepsiCo Foods North America. In this role, he is responsible for driving profitable growth, productivity and OCF for PepsiCo’s ~$20 billion food business. This includes overall leadership and responsibility for finance at Frito-Lay North America (USA & Canada) and Quaker North America including reporting, planning, performance management & analysis, revenue management, capital spending, productivity, business development, control environment, risk management, strategy development and M&A integration. 

Over his more than 25-year PepsiCo career, Jamie has held important roles including Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, where he oversaw communications with investors about PepsiCo’s performance, plans, strategy, operations, capital structure and significant transactions.

Prior to that, Jamie was Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Beverages Canada, Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development, Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis, as well as a variety of senior finance roles in PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division.

Before joining PepsiCo in 1993, he was a partner at the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, where he served clients in the manufacturing and financial services industries.

Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University Maryland and is a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Jamie currently resides in the Dallas area.

Joan Cetera
Joan Cetera

Vice President of Communications

PepsiCo Foods North America

Joan Cetera is vice president of communications for PepsiCo Foods North America, where she is responsible for internal and external communications across customers, employees, the media and other key stakeholders.  

Before serving in this role, Joan led public relations strategy and reputation management for Frito-Lay and its portfolio of snack brands. Prior to joining Frito-Lay in 2015, she served in various leadership roles directing consumer communications across a variety of brands and companies in both domestic and global public relations at the most highly regarded public relations agencies. Her expertise spans industries: from consumer packaged goods and health and wellness to home products and financial services.
 
Joan holds an MBA in marketing from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

John Dean
John Dean

Senior Vice President of Sales

Frito-Lay North America

John Dean is currently the Senior Vice President of sales for Frito-Lay North America.  In this role John leads the field sales function overseeing strategy, execution, sales planning, and people development for Frito Lay North America with responsibility for retail direct store delivery.

A 27-year PepsiCo veteran, John began his career on the front line DSD selling system and has worked in each of the field sales roles including national customer sales for the convenience and drug customers in the U.S.  John most recently served as the Region Vice President of Sales for the Texas and Oklahoma business unit where he was accountable delivering net sales, region profitability, innovation, people leadership, and go-to-market design.

John is passionate about developing others and creating diverse winning cultures that bring the best out in each person.  John is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Cindy, and their four boys, John, James, Josh, and Jack.  He is also an avid reader.

Mike Del Pozzo
Mike Del Pozzo

Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Customer Officer

Frito-Lay North America

Mike Del Pozzo is currently the Senior Vice President of sales and Chief Customer Officer for Frito-Lay North America. In this role, Mike leads the sales function overseeing strategy, sales planning and commercialization for Frito-Lay’s U.S. customer sales organizations, with responsibility for retail, ecommerce and food service businesses.

A 20-year PepsiCo veteran, Mike has worked on every one of the PepsiCo business units across North America Beverages, Quaker Foods North America, Frito-Lay North America, as well as at PepsiCo corporate headquarters. Mike most recently served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Planning across our PepsiCo Beverages North America business where he was accountable for all North America Beverage commercialization including Revenue Management, Ecommerce, and Innovation Planning and Governance.  Prior to assuming that role, he was the Senior Vice President & GM leading our PepsiCo Kroger business where he had responsibility for all aspects of PepsiCo’s portfolio of businesses cross-functionally with Kroger across the U.S. 

Mike has held leadership positions in Supply Chain, Marketing, Field Sales, Customer & General Management, and Commercialization. Mike is passionate about the industry he operates in and serves as Co-Chair on the GMA Sales Executive Committee. Mike is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Curry, and their two daughters, Isabella and Gabriella, and mentoring young talent across PepsiCo.  He also serves as an executive board member of the AJD foundation in Cincinnati.

Rachel Ferdinando
Rachel Ferdinando
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Frito-Lay North America

Rachel Ferdinando currently is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Frito-Lay North America, a $16 billion division of PepsiCo, where she leads all marketing initiatives including overseeing brand marketing, innovation, strategic insights, design and media.

Rachel, who joined Frito-Lay in 2017, brings her vast experience in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and significant knowledge of the global marketplace.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Rachel was Vice President and Global Sector Leader for family care at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Earlier in her career, Rachel held various global marketing and general management leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline.

Rachel holds a First Class BSC with Honors degree in chemistry from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London. She and her family currently reside in Dallas, Texas.

Cara Keating
Cara Keating

President of PepsiCo Foods Canada

Canadian businesses of Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods North America

Cara Keating is the President of PepsiCo Foods Canada, leading the Canadian businesses of Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods North America.

A 15-year PepsiCo veteran, Cara has a wealth critical experiences in various geographies and in account management, customer insights, field and customer leadership roles.  Since joining PepsiCo in 2004, Cara’s ability to consistently deliver results has led to progressively senior roles in customer development and field leadership across Canada. Cara began her PepsiCo career in the Western Canada market before moving to Toronto in 2010. In 2016 Cara was promoted to Vice President – Customer Development at PepsiCo Foods Canada, where she led the national sales team to deliver against our promise of providing world-class service to our customers and innovative programs to our consumers. 
 
Cara is a talented people leader and passionate supporter of PepsiCo’s diversity and engagement agenda. Her efforts to champion and empower women have been recognized with the prestigious PepsiCo Global Harvey Russell award and externally with the 2017 Star Women in Grocery award from Canadian Grocer Magazine.
 
Cara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Saskatchewan.

Denise Lefebvre
Denise Lefebvre
SVP, Foods R&D Global R&D

Denise Lefebvre is the Senior Vice President of R&D for Frito-Lay North America. In this role, Denise is responsible for setting the R&D Strategies related to delivering new product and packaging innovations to make our consumers smile with every bite.

Denise began her career with PepsiCo in 2006 and has held a variety of roles across R&D in both foods and beverages. Prior to her current role, Denise’s experience spanned several companies focusing on new product innovation for multi-billion-dollar brands in consumer package goods.  Her previous position included experiences across engineering and food science disciplines, quality systems, marketing and manufacturing.

Throughout Denise’s career, she has received twelve industry recognitions for improved design and reducing the environmental impact of packaging, including leading the team to develop the world’s first renewable PET plastic bottle. 

Denise holds a Bachelor of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Michael Lindsey
Michael Lindsey

Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer

Frito-Lay North America

Michael Lindsey is currently the Chief Transformation & Strategy Officer for PepsiCo Foods North America, comprising of Frito-Lay North America and Quaker North America.  In this role, Michael leads a cross-functional organization tasked with developing the ‘next generation’ of PepsiCo’s Foods operations in North America. He has oversight of multiple strategic areas critical to company growth and industry leadership, including Transformation and Strategy, M&A, Go-To-Market, and B2B and B2C e-commerce.

Michael has served as the orchestrator of complex processes that are transforming Frito-Lay’s end-to-end value chain, leveraging technology and consumer insights to deliver strategic growth and productivity. He also led the team through the acquisition of PopCorners and Bare Snacks, further broadening Frito-Lay’s $17 billion portfolio to meet consumers’ needs. Most recently, Michael spearheaded the strategic development and execution of Frito-Lay’s direct to consumer channel, Snacks.com, a first for PepsiCo.

Michael began his career with PepsiCo in 2009, holding a series of leadership roles in corporate strategy and as vice president (VP) of Strategy for the AMEA sector. In 2014, he moved to the Greater China Region as the SVP and GM of Nutrition Category and Commercialization, where he led the nutrition category, including profit and loss (P&L) ownership, brand communication, innovation and importantly, building a strong nutrition team. He was also responsible for cross-category commercialization.

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2009, Michael was an associate principal at McKinsey & Co. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Michael enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  He resides in the Dallas area with his wife Christine and three children Vivian, Charlotte and John.

Steve Llewellyn
Steve Llewellyn

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales

Frito-Lay North America

Steve Llewellyn is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales for Frito-Lay North America. In this role, Steve is responsible for the strategic direction of the sales function for Frito-Lay’s East Division, which includes the company’s Southeast, Mid-America, Atlantic and Northeast regions. He oversees a sales force of more than 13,500 associates, who service nearly 160,000 customers each week with Frito-Lay’s portfolio of brands.

A 27-year PepsiCo veteran, Steve has worked on many areas of the business. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PepsiCo Walmart team, where he was accountable for managing PepsiCo’s portfolio of products across all aspects of the Walmart U.S. business. Prior to assuming that role, Steve was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frito-Lay North America Foodservice and Distributor Sales.  
  
Steve is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, where he played football. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their children.

Laura Maxwell
Laura Maxwell

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain

for PepsiCo Foods North America

Laura Maxwell is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for PepsiCo Foods North America. In her role Laura leads the North American field and headquarters Supply Chain teams who’s priorities include supporting the growth agenda, productivity, quality, food safety and environmental health and safety. She assumed her role in February 2020.

Laura joined Frito-Lay in 1989 as an operations resource where she spent 17 years in field manufacturing roles prior to coming to Frito-Lay headquarters. Laura’s previous roles include Vice President of Marketing Services, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation and Senior Vice President of Service and Distribution, Supply and Commercialization.

In addition to her current role, Laura serves as the executive sponsor for Frito-Lay’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), providing strategic oversight and guidance to the 10 ERGs. Laura’s commitment to achieving remarkable business results while advancing diversity and engagement earned her the 2020 Global Steve Reinemund Leadership Legacy Award for PFNA.

Laura holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.

Patrick McLaughlin
Patrick McLaughlin

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer

PepsiCo Foods North America

Patrick McLaughlin is senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for Frito-Lay North America, leading the field and headquarters structure with a focus on building organizational health and capability, developing talent and strengthening employee relations.

Patrick assumed this role in February 2012, after serving as vice president of human resources sales and supply chain, which included the human resources support for Frito-Lay North America plants, sales regions, sales operations organizations and the headquarters organizations since May 2010. Before this appointment, he served as a regional human resources director, manager of labor relations, and head of the human resources function for the Pepsi-Cola North America franchise organization at Pepsi Beverages Company/Pepsi Beverages Americas, where he helped lead the integration of bottler acquisition.

Prior to PepsiCo, Patrick worked for Exxon in organizational development, labor and HR generalist roles. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and is originally from Northwest Indiana.

Leanne Oliver
Leanne Oliver

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Frito-Lay North America

Leanne Oliver is senior vice president and general counsel of Frito-Lay North America, responsible for managing all legal matters for Frito-Lay North America. She assumed this role in September 2017.

Leanne joined Frito-Lay in 1996 as part of the human resources department and transferred to the Frito-Lay legal department in 2000. She has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Frito-Lay legal department and spent more than six years at PepsiCo’s corporate headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. where she led the employment law function for PepsiCo’s U.S. businesses.

Leanne holds a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Gonzaga University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. 

Melani Wilson Smith
Melani Wilson Smith
Senior Vice President Global Procurement & Market Supply Officer PepsiCo Foods North America

Melani Wilson Smith is Senior Vice President of Global Procurement & Market Supply Officer for PepsiCo Foods North America. In this role, Melani leads the market supply teams across PFNA, North America Indirects and North America Transport to deliver supply assurance and productivity savings, grow supplier relationships and build strategic capabilities and innovation, helping drive PepsiCo’s growth.

Melani, who joined the company in 2020, has an extensive background in Supply Chain, Strategy, and Operations in the consumer goods, hospitality and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Melani was the VP of Business Services and Procurement for Novo Nordisk Inc., where she led the team responsible for Facilities, Fleet, Travel, Security and Procurement. Her experience includes various supply chain and operations roles with Mondelēz International, Merck & Co and Procter & Gamble.

Melani holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.

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