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The 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival: Ideas, Inspiration and Imagination

As the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival draws to a close PepsiCo takes a look back at some of the best moments from the festival and celebrates amazing lessons of innovation.

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The 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival: Ideas, Inspiration and Imagination

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Introducing Pepsi Interactive Vending Machine

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VIP Speaker Series: Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi speaks at McCombs

Executives

Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In its global food and beverage portfolio, PepsiCo has 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With more than $65 billion in annual net revenue, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.
Mrs. Nooyi is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s promise to do what’s right for the business by doing what’s right for people and the planet. It’s the company’s commitment to sustained growth with a focus on Performance, Human, Environment and Talent Sustainability. In keeping with this commitment, PepsiCo is proud to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
Mrs. Nooyi was named President and CEO on October 1, 2006 and assumed the role of Chairman on May 2, 2007. She has directed the company's global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo's anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo's history.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo's Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo's corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Between 1996 and 1999, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company's U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB's $30 billion in global sales.
Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and at Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-China Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration.
She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.
Zein Abdalla, President
Zein Abdalla is president of PepsiCo, a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.
Abdalla assumed this role in September 2012 and oversees all of PepsiCo's global category groups (Global Beverages, Global Snacks and Global Nutrition), Global Operations (IT, Global Procurement, Supply Chain and Productivity), Global Marketing Services and Corporate Strategy. Working with the geographic business units, Abdalla’s team will drive innovation and brand building while significantly reducing the overall cost structure of the company.
Abdalla joined PepsiCo in 1995 and has served in a number of senior leadership positions during his time with the company. Most recently he was chief executive officer of PepsiCo Europe, responsible for PepsiCo’s food and beverage businesses in Continental Europe as well as the UK and sub-Sahara Africa, which together generated nearly $14 billion in revenues in 2011.
Prior to serving as CEO of PepsiCo Europe, Abdalla held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager, Europe beverage business unit; general manager, Tropicana Europe; and Franchise vice president, Pakistan and the Gulf region. He also led the complete portfolio of PepsiCo businesses in Europe.
Before joining PepsiCo, Abdalla worked for Mars, Inc.
Hugh F. Johnston, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Hugh F. Johnston is executive vice president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $65 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
Johnston assumed this role in March 2010, and is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership; ensuring PepsiCo's capital structure, financial systems and controls; and forecasting models that will support the company's growth and expansion. As a member of the executive leadership team, Johnston builds financial infrastructure, oversees risk management, and upholds PepsiCo's finance and accounting policies and procedures.
Johnston joined PepsiCo in 1987, and has served in a variety of positions, including CFO, Beverages and Foods, PepsiCo; senior vice president, Mergers and Acquisitions, PepsiCo; president, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages; and most recently executive vice president, Global Operations, PepsiCo. In this role, Johnston ran the post-merger integration efforts for PepsiCo's bottler transactions with Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas, and was responsible for overseeing PepsiCo's Global Procurement Business Information Systems functions, as well as the company's Worldwide Concentrate Operations.
Johnston is based in Purchase, N.Y.
Education:
• Bachelor of Arts (Finance), Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
• Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago, Chicago
Affiliations, Appointments:
• Executive sponsor, PepsiCo EQUAL (PepsiCo's employee diversity network that provides awareness, education, resources and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, and its allies)

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