Ramon Laguarta elected Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo
Indra K. Nooyi to end tenure as CEO
Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company
PepsiCo today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta, 54, to succeed Indra K. Nooyi, 62, as Chief Executive Officer. Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Laguarta was also elected to the company's Board of Directors, effective October 3rd.
Under Nooyi's leadership, PepsiCo has delivered strong results: since December 31, 2006, total shareholder return of 162% through December 31, 2017; total cash returned to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases of $79.4 billion since the beginning of 2006 through the end of 2017; Dividends per share nearly tripled from $1.16 in 2006 to $3.17 in 2017, a compound annual growth rate of nearly 10%; and Net revenue growth from $35 billion in 2006 to $63.5 billion in 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%.
"Leading PepsiCo has truly been the honor of my lifetime, and I'm incredibly proud of all we have done over the past 12 years to advance the interests not only of shareholders, but all our stakeholders in the communities we serve," said Nooyi. "Growing up in India, I never imagined I'd have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company. Guided by our philosophy of Performance with Purpose—delivering sustained performance while making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and lifting up all the communities we serve—we've made a more meaningful impact in people's lives than I ever dreamed possible. PepsiCo today is in a strong position for continued growth with its brightest days still ahead."
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Laguarta said, "I'm incredibly humbled and privileged to be appointed the next CEO of PepsiCo, and I want to thank the Board of Directors for the confidence they have placed in me with their decision," said Laguarta. "I also want to thank Indra for her overwhelming support. She has transformed the company with her bold vision and outstanding leadership, and I feel fortunate to have her as a mentor and a friend. And of course, I want to thank all of my colleagues, as well as the customers, bottlers, partners, and investors who are part of the PepsiCo family. I look forward to working more closely with all of you in the months and years ahead, and to continue growing this special company long into the future."
Laguarta will become the sixth CEO in PepsiCo's 53-year history. All have been appointed from within the organization, a testament to PepsiCo's strong bench of talent and succession planning. He has held a number of executive and general management roles in his 22 years at PepsiCo. Since September 2017, Laguarta has served as President of PepsiCo, overseeing global operations, corporate strategy, public policy and government affairs. Previously, Laguarta served as Chief Executive Officer, Europe Sub-Saharan Africa, one of PepsiCo's most complex businesses with operations spanning three continents and comprised of developed, developing and emerging markets. Prior to that, he served as President, PepsiCo Eastern Europe region and served in a variety of sales, marketing and other commercial roles across Europe.
Prior to PepsiCo, Laguarta worked for Chupa Chups, S.A., a leading confectionery company based in Spain, where he held a number of international roles in Europe and the U.S. Laguarta holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain and a Master's in International Management (M&M) from Thunderbird School of Global Management in the U.S. A Barcelona native, he speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German and Greek.
With Nooyi's departure, the rest of PepsiCo's senior leadership team will remain unchanged. Laguarta's direct reports will be: Hugh F. Johnston, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development; Albert P. Carey, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo North America; Vivek Sankaran, President and Chief Operating Officer, Frito-Lay North America; Kirk Tanner, President and Chief Operating Officer, North America Beverages; Laxman Narasimhan, Chief Executive Officer, Latin America and Europe Sub-Saharan Africa; Silviu Popovici, President, Europe Sub-Saharan Africa; Mike Spanos, Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Middle East and North Africa; Dave Yawman, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; Jon Banner, Executive Vice President, Global Communications and President, PepsiCo Foundation; and Ruth Fattori, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Continuing to report to Laguarta will be Jim Andrew, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer; Grace Puma, Executive Vice President, Global Operations; and Eugene Willemsen, Executive Vice President, Global Categories & Franchise Management.
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