When Ronald Connor first began at Pepsi, it was expressed by a manager that he would grow to be a force within the company. His manager was right.
Starting at Pepsi in 1996, at the age of 22, Ronald stocked shelves and packed coolers. He continuously moved up the company ranks, being promoted once every two years. Now as the unit sales manager for Pepsi’s Frederick, Maryland location, Ronald has 56 workers – a team that distributes 2.5 million beverages in the surrounding county areas.
“I’m very grateful for the mentors I’ve had throughout the years. It’s not all about what you can do – it’s about what you can teach people to do,” said Ronald.
Before becoming a manager, Ronald felt he struggled as a young dad. With his experience in managing people at Pepsi, he testifies it has allowed him to become a better father.
“If you want to grow as an individual with the company, then Pepsi is the place to be”.
Unit Sales Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company
PepsiCo’s Vice President of Global Design and Development for Nutrition Ventures, Dr. Dondeena Bradley, feels very fortunate to be living in New York City. It gives her the opportunity to live out her and PepsiCo’s commitment to health, wellness and nutrition. In passing her corner market every morning, she is presented with countless, colorful fruits and vegetables. It’s something PepsiCo emulates with its organic garden located directly on campus. Dondeena says this passion for affecting people is what drew her to PepsiCo.
“My job is about bringing health and nutrition into the everyday lives of consumers around the world. One of the things we’re striving to do is to make our calories the best calories on the shelf,” said Dondeena.
She is proud of the experience PepsiCo has in encouraging people to live healthier by offering a portfolio of both enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages.
Dondeena received her Doctor of Philosophy in Foods & Nutrition from Ohio State University and her Master of Science in Nutrition from Purdue University. She is also an avid runner. “For me to do what I do, I have to walk the talk."
Vice President, Global Design & Development, Nutrition Venures
Masters - Nutrition (Purdue)
Ph.D. - Foods & Nutrition (Ohio State)
As a nearly four year employee from Southern California who started as a Route Salesman, Christian made the move to Arizona and now manages a shift of nearly 75 people.
Christian’s dedication to Rise, PepsiCo’s Native American affinity group, and his passion for environmentalism drove him to becoming a key player in helping the Sun Chips facility achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) – not an easy feat for a 25-year-old plant.
Under Christian’s leadership, the facility was retro-fitted to achieve zero landfill and was also the fastest to achieve LEED
certification within the Frito system. This centered on recycling, daylighting, capturing steam and providing special parking for energy-efficient cars.
In his early 30’s, Christian is married and has two young children.
Casa Grande, AZ
Frito-Lay North America
BS- Business and Management
(university of Redlands)
Orange Gatorade and Sun Chips
Richard Lawrence began his career with PepsiCo in the United Kingdom with the Walkers brand. Later, his involvement with the launch of the Naked Juice Products in the UK opened the door to new possibilities abroad.
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Richard serves as Marketing Manager for Snacks in the Asia-Pacific division of PepsiCo. He recognizes that the way he grew up doing things in Western Europe isn't necessarily the way things may work in Japan, Korea, Pakistan, and the Philippines. "A big part of my job is just being curious about the world and the countries that we go to," he said.
Tasked with marketing snacks in emerging markets, Richard takes best practices from PepsiCo globally and reapplies them in a locally relevant way.
Richard received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Birmingham. An employee since the age of 25, he finds his career growth with PepsiCo "a real adventure."
Marketing Manager, Snacks
BA- History (university of Bermingham)
Naked Juice Green Machine
As a Project Manager at Quaker Oats in The Netherlands, Helen understands the meaning of "keep your eye on the prize." Day-to-day, she collaborates with a team of food technologists to create new and improved products in the lab. The ultimate gratification, she says, is seeing the product she has helped develop turn up on the grocery store shelf and knowing how much hard work went into it.
Helen's passion and work ethic extends beyond her job, and she has more than 20 national medals in track to prove it. Rather than joining co-workers for lunch, she's more often found lacing up her running shoes and heading outdoors to train, all in hopes of making it to the Olympics.
With a plan in place, Helen's fast on her way to reaching her goal. She attributes her ability to balance work and athletics to PepsiCo's "Flexico" policy -- flexible work arrangements based on individual needs.
"In the end you have to do it by yourself, but if a company supports you…it gives you the extra push you need."
Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Quaker Europe Foods
Masters-Science & Innovation Management
(University of Utrecht)
For Ricardo, PepsiCo has not only provided a career path, it has guided him down a life path. Fifteen years after joining the company at age 25, he was asked to move from his home country of Brazil to Buenos Aires to take on a regional Chief Financial Officer role.
Now, Ricardo's managing four different countries in South America with four different currencies, learning about new cultures, and gaining valuable, enriching life experiences alongside his wife and children. Despite the vast differences, sharing the expat experience with his family has helped to bring them closer together.
"PepsiCo gives you many tools to develop yourself as a leader."
Ricardo likens his leadership role to that of a coach of a soccer team. While he's not playing in the field, he needs to give his employees direction and strategy to get the job done, because at the end of the day, they're who are going to score the goals. Ricardo's notably demonstrated his ability to lead in empowering his team to recover from a very damaging plant fire. For turning a tragedy story into a success story, Ricardo was awarded the highest employee honor and reminded that the potential and possibilities at PepsiCo are truly endless.
South Cone CFO
Pepsico Americas Foods
MS in Industrial Engineering
Post-graduate diploma in Economics
(London School of Economics)
Quaker Squares cereal
How do you keep pace with one of the fastest growing economies? Juliana Grizzi, a supply chain project leader in PepsiCo’s Brazil office is answering this question while taking on the challenge to improve the region’s increasingly complex supply chain and distribution process. She’s looking at how food and beverage products are being distributed to figure out the best, most creative and effective way to get customers and consumers what they want.
“I get to take the big picture – the lifespan of a product – and oversee in detail how it functions in the world. Then I get to recommend ways we could do it better.”
The vibrancy of the city of Sao Paulo is felt in the busy city streets and in the high energy PepsiCo office, where Juliana and her team explore possibilities daily from within an open floor workspace and with an open door policy.
“The company provides an environment where you can say what you think and your ideas are taken seriously. I have access to anyone at any level in this company to say what I need to say. Creative thinking is encouraged and embraced. And I feel like I have a real impact on the way that we do business. I love that.”
Supply Chain Project Manager
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Pepsico South America, Caribbean & Central America Foods
Engineer graduate from University of Sao Paulo and Post-graduate degree in Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas
Quaker Cookies- Quaker de Bolso
Perusing an open air fruit market in Moscow, Kristina Rossova sees and smells possibilities everywhere. As part of PepsiCo’s research and development team, she oversees the creation of fruit and vegetable products for regions including Greece, Turkey, Romania, and the Ukraine. It’s actually part of her job to notice that apples are in season, ripe and ready to go into a PepsiCo apple juice product.
Kristina is highly attuned to the tastes and traditions of developing markets and how local foods may translate into to a new flavor or product. Before focusing on fruits and vegetables, she worked in PepsiCo’s Snacks division developing unique region-specific flavors for Lay’s potato chips – Red Caviar and Mushroom & Sour Cream chips both became hits in the Russian market.
Beyond travelling and tasting, Kristina’s favorite things about PepsiCo include building and developing a strong team and surrounding herself with talented people. The group often hosts several taste tests where technicians present her and her team with various flavors and samples. She can be very hands-on in the development of new products but also enjoys having broader managerial responsibility.
As a parent, it’s always been important to Kristina that she achieves a balance between her professional aspirations and her family life. If asked, she’ll tell you that the possibilities she’s found at PepsiCo have allowed her to do exactly that.
R&D Manager, F&V EER & SEER
Pepsico Eastern Europe
Chemist graduate from University of Gorky
Lay's Cheese & Onion