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Leadership Transition Strategy Implemented at PepsiCo India

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PepsiCo India has recently announced a significant change in its executive team’s leadership, reflecting the company’s global strategy and commitment to dynamic leadership. In March 2024, Ahmed El Sheikh, the current CEO of PepsiCo India, will step down from his position after nearly seven successful years. He will transition to the role of CEO for the Middle East Business Unit within the company.

Jagrut Kotecha, who currently serves as PepsiCo’s Chief Commercial Officer for Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA), will take over as the new CEO of PepsiCo India. This transition is part of a series of leadership changes throughout AMESA and is carefully planned to reflect PepsiCo’s forward-thinking global approach.

In a statement, Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer – Africa, Middle East & South Asia at PepsiCo, highlighted India’s significance as a pivotal market for the company and expressed confidence in both leaders. He praised Ahmed El Sheikh for his instrumental role in transforming the business and welcomed Jagrut Kotecha to the India executive team.

Ahmed El Sheikh reflected on his time leading the team in India, expressing gratitude for the unique insights and experiences gained. He also expressed confidence in the Indian team’s ability to excel under Jagrut’s leadership.

Jagrut Kotecha, who has been with PepsiCo for 30 years, shared his excitement for taking on the new responsibility and driving the company’s mission to ensure continued success and growth in the Indian market.

PepsiCo India remains dedicated to strengthening its operations in India, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. This change signifies a new chapter for PepsiCo India and reaffirms the company’s dedication to nurturing leadership talent and adapting to evolving market dynamics.

About PepsiCo India
Since entering India in 1989, PepsiCo has grown to become one of the largest food and beverage businesses in the country, boasting a diverse portfolio of iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade, and Quaker.

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