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Home » Media » Press Releases » PepsiCo India announces the appointment of Samik Basu as the Chief People Officer

PepsiCo India announces the appointment of Samik Basu
as the Chief People Officer

Pavan Bhatia takes charge as Chief People Officer, PepsiCo Greater China Region

New Delhi, March 24, 2011: PepsiCo India, country’s leading food and beverage business, today announced the appointment of Samik Basu as Chief People Officer - India Region. Samik takes over from Pavan Bhatia, who after a successful stint of four years, has moved into a larger role as Chief People Officer – PepsiCo Greater China Region.

Speaking on the appointment, Manu Anand, Chairman, PepsiCo India Region said “PepsiCo’s people strategy has been a key contributor to its success. Pavan has been instrumental in developing a strong people culture and talent pipeline in the India Region and has truly lived the values of PepsiCo. On behalf of the entire PepsiCo team, I would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him success in his new role. I am pleased to have Samik on board and believe his rich experience will be of immense value to PepsiCo as it enters the next phase of its growth story in the India Region.”

Samik joined PepsiCo in 2001 as Head of HR for Frito-Lay India, where he played a key role in leading the people agenda. Over the years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles in PepsiCo across Asia and Asia Pacific Regions. Samik was the HR Director, North and South Asia for PepsiCo’s Asia Pacific Region in his last assignment. Prior to this, he served as the HR Director for Asia Pacific’s South East Asia Business Unit based in Bangkok. In that role he was responsible for both Foods and Beverages across Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Pacific Islands, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia and Mongolia.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Samik worked with Unilever India for 8 years and with VIP Industries for 4 years. He holds a BS in Economics with Honors from Presidency College of Calcutta University and an MBA in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Pavan has been a key contributor to the growth of PepsiCo India. He incorporated some of the best in class practices that have been adopted in several PepsiCo markets across the globe. Pavan has also been a key driver of the talent sustainability strategy in the India Region. Under his leadership, the India HR team won several awards and recognitions including the prestigious TERI Award for HIV awareness, and the Helen Keller Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

About PepsiCo India

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become the country’s largest food and beverage business. One of the largest multinational investors in the country with an investment of over $1 billion, PepsiCo India has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 36 beverage bottling plants, (13 company & 23 franchisee owned) and 3 food plants. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing plants produce a range of products from treats to healthy eats that deliver joy as well as nutrition to the consumers. PepsiCo India’s extensive portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade, Quaker, and young but immensely popular and fast growing brands such as Nimbooz and Aliva.

PepsiCo India's employees are driven by the company’s global commitment to sustainable growth, Performance with Purpose (PWP), 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 in the PepsiCo global system to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ (PWB), a fact validated by an independent audit. For more details on PWB and PWP, please visit Click Here

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade - also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com

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For further details, please contact:

Ashutosh Sharma/ Pradeep Wadhwa
PepsiCo India
Mob: +91 9818763772/+91 9810266667

Divya Bakhshi/Debapriya Bhattacharya
Genesis Burson-Marsteller
Mob: +91 9899888643 / 9711209880