Indra Nooyi to step down as PepsiCo’s CEO, President Ramon Laguarta to takeover

PepsiCo President and CEO Indra Nooyi addresses her first ever press conference in India, in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. Nooyi said that PepsiCo and the Coca-Cola company were in the process of validating a breakthrough, science-based method to reliably and consistently measure low levels of pesticide residues in finished soft drinks. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Indra Nooyi will step down as PepsiCo‘s CEO after leading the food and beverage giant for a span of 12 years on 3 October. President Ramon Laguarta will succeed her as the 6th CEO of PepsiCo. However, Nooyi will remain a chairman until early 2019.

‘Ramon Laguarta is exactly the right person to help build on @PepsiCo’s strong position and success. He has been a critical partner and friend and I am positive that he will take PepsiCo to new and greater heights in the years to come,’ Nooyi tweeted on Monday

Laguarta, a 22-year veteran of the company, has been the president since September. He has been overseeing global operations, corporate strategy, public policy and government affairs. Before that, Laguarta served in leadership positions in the European and sub-Saharan Africa divisions.

Senior leadership will remain unchanged despite her exit. PepsiCo’s premarket (trading activity that occurs before the regular market session) stock price rose slightly after the announcement.

Challenges Ahead

PepsiCo’s shares are lagging since November 2017 at the S&P 500. The immediate challenges ahead for Laguarta are to kickstart PepsiCo’s beverage volume (especially the North American unit) and to decide on franchising PepsiCo’s bottling operations.

‘Ramon is the product of a responsible development and succession plan,’ Nooyi assured. ‘He’s had a birds-eye view of the whole company and what kind of disruptive moves we would have to make, disruptive productivity, to take us to this next era of growth for this company’

PepsiCo India

Nooyi cited PepsiCo India’s results as ‘solid mid-single digit organic revenue growth’. She did not disclose the numbers though. Organic growth is the growth rate a company can achieve by increasing output and enhancing sales internally. Takeovers, acquisitions and mergers do not bring about profits generated within the company. They result in inorganic growth.

Analyst expected good results owing to the momentum of consumption demand and diminishing effect of GST in three month ended June 2018.

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