Ramon Laguarta

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Ramon Laguarta
Ramon Laguarta.jpg
Born1963 (age 58–59)
EducationESADE (BBA, MBA)
Arizona State University, Phoenix (MS)
TitleCEO of PepsiCo
PredecessorIndra Nooyi

Ramon Laguarta (born 1963[2]) is a Spanish businessman who is the chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo.[3] He became CEO on 3 October 2018 after Indra Nooyi stepped down.[4] He is the sixth CEO in the company's history and the first Spanish CEO of a large American multinational company.[5][6]

Education[edit]

Laguarta graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from ESADE Business School in Barcelona in 1985. In 1986 he received a master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Before joining PepsiCo he worked at Chupa Chups, a candy company based in Spain known for its lollipops.[9] Laguarta joined PepsiCo in January 1996.[citation needed] His first role was in the company's European business, and in 2014 became the CEO of the entire Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) sector.[10] While working in Europe, Laguarta helped lead the acquisition in 2010 of Russian dairy and juice company Wimm-Bill-Dann, a deal valued at $5.4 billion, the company's second largest acquisition after its purchase of Quaker Oats in 2001.[11]

Laguarta was named president of PepsiCo in September 2017. He oversaw PepsiCo's Global Category Groups, its Global Operations, Corporate Strategy and Public Policy & Government Affairs functions.[5] As a result of the promotion, he moved to the United States.[1]

Laguarta was unanimously voted in as PepsiCo's next CEO on 6 August 2018, the same day Indra Nooyi announced she was stepping down.[12][13][14] He officially took over the role on 3 October 2018 and became Chairman of the Board of Directors on 1 February 2019.[14] Laguarta has been working at PepsiCo for over 20 years, his previous roles including CEO for Europe Sub-Saharan Africa, president for the PepsiCo Eastern Europe Region, commercial Vice President for PepsiCo Europe, general manager for Iberia Snacks and Juices and General Manager for Greece Snacks.[15] Since becoming CEO of PepsiCo, Laguarta established three priorities to lead the company: Accelerating the company's rate of organic revenue growth; becoming a stronger company; and becoming a better company.[16]

As part of making PepsiCo a better company, Laguarta has been tasked with implementing a new purpose behind PepsiCo's sustainability agenda: helping to build a more sustainable food system. Under his leadership, the company is focusing its efforts and goals around agriculture, water usage, plastics, products, climate change and human rights.[17]

Ramon Laguarta at a PepsiCo Community Event

This includes the company's effort to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent for their entire value chain over a 2015 baseline (roughly 30-35 million metric tons of GHG),[18] as well as their goals by 2025 to make 100% of their packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable and use 25% recycled plastic content in all plastic packaging. Laguarta has also led attempts to reduce waste by acquiring SodaStream.[19] Through the expansion of SodaStream's business, the need for an estimated 67 billion plastic bottles will be avoided through 2025.[20]

In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors,[21] Ramon also currently serves as a director of Visa Inc.[22] He also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Board of Stewards for the Food Systems Initiative.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Laguarta speaks English, Catalan, Spanish, French, German and Greek.[9] He is married with three children.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strauss, Lawrence C. "3 Things to Know About Pepsi's CEO Swap". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Who is Ramon Laguarta, the next CEO of PepsiCo- Business News". businesstoday.in. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Leadership – PepsiCo". pepsico.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  4. ^ Maloney, Jennifer (6 August 2018). "Meet PepsiCo's Next CEO: Ramon Laguarta". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Cullen, Lauren Hirsch, Terri (6 August 2018). "PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi to step down as CEO, President Ramon Laguarta to succeed her". cnbc.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Ramón Laguarta, el canterano de Chupa-Chups que lanzó la Pepsi Max". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 7 August 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  7. ^ "5 Things to Know About the Next PepsiCo CEO". Fortune. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Thunderbird Alumnus Ramon Laguarta Named PepsiCo CEO". Thunderbird School of Global Management. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Pepsi's new CEO Ramon Laguarta: Five things to know". Fox Business. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Who is Ramon Laguarta, the next CEO of PepsiCo- Business News". businesstoday.in. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  11. ^ Maloney, Jennifer (6 August 2018). "Meet PepsiCo's Next CEO: Ramon Laguarta". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  12. ^ Stewart, Rebecca (6 August 2018). "Who is Ramon Laguarta? The marketer-turned-Pepsi CEO taking over from Indra Nooyi". Thedrum.com. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ Maloney, Jennifer (6 August 2018). "PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to Step Aside; Veteran Set to Take Helm". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  14. ^ a b Cullen, Lauren Hirsch, Terri (6 August 2018). "PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi to step down as CEO, President Ramon Laguarta to succeed her". CNBC. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  15. ^ Tozer, Alice (6 August 2018). "5 Things to Know About the Next PepsiCo CEO". Fortune. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  16. ^ "PepsiCo sets goal to become 'faster, stronger and better'". foodbusinessnews.net. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  17. ^ "PepsiCo's Responsibilities: CEO Daily". Fortune. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Climate Change – PepsiCo". pepsico.com. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Plastics – PepsiCo". pepsico.com. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Strategic plastic use drives sustainable packaging at PepsiCo". Packaging Digest. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  21. ^ "PepsiCo Inc. PEP (U.S.: Nasdaq)". wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Visa Inc. - Corporate Governance – Board of Directors". VISA. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Food System Initiative – Shaping the Future of Food First Annual Report – April 1 st 2019 – December 31st 2019" (PDF). AidStream.org. World Economic Forum. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Leadership – PepsiCo". pepsico.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.