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PepsiCo India appoints new CEOs for its Beverages and Foods businesses

  • Praveen Someshwar moves as the new CEO of India Foods
  • Gautham Mukkavilli returns to take over as CEO India Beverages

New Delhi, March 22, 2012: PepsiCo today announced two new appointments to its India Region leadership team: Praveen Someshwar, currently CEO India Beverages, moves as CEO, India Foods and Gautham Mukkavilli, currently based in Dubai as Senior Vice President, Global Nutrition Group (GNG), PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) returns to India as CEO, India Beverages. Both Praveen and Gautham will be based out of PepsiCo India’s Gurgaon headquarters and report directly to Manu Anand, Chairman of PepsiCo India Region.

“These appointments provide important new leadership experiences for two of our most valued senior executives and reflect our strong commitment to developing talent from within PepsiCo. All changes will be effective 1st June 2012. We are announcing them today in order to allow ample time for transition, while ensuring that we remain 100% focused on achieving our 2012 business plans” said Manu Anand, Chairman PepsiCo India Region.

In his new role, Someshwar will be responsible for leading PepsiCo India’s range of famous food brands, including Kurkure, Lay’s, Uncle Chipps and Quaker along with the traditional snacks business under brand Lehar. He will also lead the India Power of One (PO1) Council with responsibility to drive collaboration across the food and beverage businesses.

“Praveen’s move to India Foods -- the largest foods business in PepsiCo’s AMEA Sector-- after his very successful Beverage stint, will enable him to gain experience in a large operating Foods business as he continues in his career journey with PepsiCo” said Manu Anand, Chairman PepsiCo India Region.

Ably lead by Praveen Someshwar, PepsiCo’s India Beverages business outperformed the market last year supported by some memorable game-changing marketing campaigns coupled with a well planned GTM transformation strategy. Praveen is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant, who joined PepsiCo from ICI India in 1994.

With his vast experience in both global and Indian markets, Gautham will now lead the charge to continue the impressive growth of PepsiCo India’s iconic beverage brands including Pepsi, 7UP, Mirinda, Slice, Aquafina and Gatorade, to name a few.

“Gautham is well suited for his new role given that his rich and diverse career at PepsiCo began in the India Beverage business 20 years ago. His range of experiences over that time have included important roles in Foods, Beverages and Power of One units, in Franchise and Operating businesses, based in India, Vietnam, Thailand and the U.S.” said Manu Anand, Chairman PepsiCo India Region.

In his current role, Mukkavilli has worked on a number of projects, including creating AMEA Sector’s strategic and performance dashboard for GNG and developing a prioritized set of breakthrough innovations that unlock new growth areas. Mukkavilli has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and joined PepsiCo from Brooke Bond India in 1991.

About PepsiCo India

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest food and beverage businesses in India. With an investment of over $1 billion, PepsiCo India has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 37 beverage bottling plants and 3 food plants. PepsiCo India’s extensive portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade, Quaker, and fast growing brands i.e. Nimbooz and Aliva.

PepsiCo India is driven by its global commitment to sustainable growth, Performance with Purpose, which works on four planks of replenishing water, partnering with farmers, waste to wealth and healthy kids. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world. In 2010, PepsiCo India gave back 4 billion liters more water than what it consumed, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. For more information, please visit

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Nitin Yadav/ Sandipan Ghatak                   Tanvi Arora/ Shrey Khetarpal

PepsiCo India                                           Genesis Burson-Marsteller

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