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Pepsico: Indra Nooyi stepping down as CEO

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(FILES): In this file photo taken on October 15, 2014, Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi takes a question during the announcement of a partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on a nutrition project in four countries, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru in Washington, DC. Pepsico announced Monday, August 6, 2018, that Indra Nooyi is stepping down as chief executive after 12 years at the helm of the US soft drinks and snacks giant. She will be replaced by President Ramon Laguarta on October 3, but will remain as chairman of the board until early 2019 to oversee the transition. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM

Pepsico announced Monday that Indra Nooyi is stepping down as chief executive after 12 years at the helm of the US soft drinks and snacks giant.

She will be replaced by President Ramon Laguarta on October 3, but will remain as chair of the board until early 2019 to oversee the transition.

“Her leadership and vision propelled our performance, transformed our company and embedded sustainability into everything we do. Thank you, @IndraNooyi!” Pepsico said on its Twitter account, announcing the change.

Nooyi, who has been with the company for 24 years, led a strategic shift away from junk foods toward healthier options during her 12 years as CEO.

Born in India, the 62-year-old Nooyi has landed over the years on numerous lists of the world’s most influential business leaders.

“Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company,” she said in a statement. “PepsiCo today is in a strong position for continued growth with its brightest days still ahead.”

Under her leadership, Pepsico net revenues rose from $35 billion in 2006 to $63.5 billion in 2017.

Laguarta, who was elected to Pepsico’s board as part of the move, is a 22-year veteran of the company, praised by Nooyi for her “deep understanding of the changing preferences of consumers and other critical trends unfolding around the world.”


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