PepsiCo SVP to Highlight Performance with Purpose

The School of Business Administration Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series is proud to welcome Rich Beck ’80, SVP, PepsiCo Global Operations on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11:45 a.m. in the Waterman Memorial Lounge.

Rich will be presenting  PepsiCo's "Performance with Purpose," an ethos that guides the company's strategy and operations, and will highlight how it affects PepsiCo brands, operations, human sustainability, environmental sustainability and talent sustainability. 

PepsiCo is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with over $66 billion in net revenue in 2013 and a global portfolio of diverse brands sold in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.  These brands include Pepsi, Gatorade, Quaker, Tropicana and Naked Juice. Rich was appointed to his current role in February 2011, and is responsible for leveraging the experience and capabilities of PepsiCo's supply chain organizations around the world, while driving critical initiatives across the company's food and beverage businesses.

“I am proud to welcome Rich Beck back to the University of Vermont and the School of Business Administration as an invited guest of our Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series,” said Dean Sanjay Sharma. “His remarkable career and international leadership experience serves as a great example to our students as they prepare to enter today’s complex and dynamic global economy.”

Rich joined PepsiCo in 1993, and has served in a variety of positions, including senior vice president, Operations, Frito-Lay North America; executive vice president, PepsiCo Chicago; and most recently as president, North America Functional Beverages, PepsiCo Americas Beverages. In this role, Beck led the Sales, Supply Chain and Operations organizations supporting the Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade businesses, and was a key player in driving Gatorade's sustainable growth.

Before joining PepsiCo, Rich spent 12 years at General Electric.

The Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series provides our students with an unparalleled view of the current trends facing business leaders today.  Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge and resources to become innovative, responsible managers who are engaged and passionate about building better organizations and a better society.


John M Turner