PepsiCo Asia has assigned new responsibilities to two of its senior executives. Manu Anand, who has successfully led PepsiCo’s foods business in India (Frito Lay, India) for the last nine years as Managing Director, will assume a new role, heading PepsiCo’s, beverage and foods businesses in South East Asia, spanning Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Gautham Mukkavilli, Managing Director, Thailand, and a 16-year PepsiCo International veteran, will succeed Anand as Managing Director, PepsiCo India Foods.
Making the announcements, Ron McEachern, President, PepsiCo Asia, said, “Since joining PepsiCo in India 13 years ago, Manu has built an outstanding foods business, which will be his legacy. He and his team have delivered outstanding volume and value growth while broadening the foods footprint nationally and growing share to a leadership position in the market. He and his team built an unbeatable distribution system, strong supply chain capability, and defined local relevance through iconic brands like Kurkure and Lays.”
McEachern further said, “Gautham’s depth of operating, franchise, foods and beverage experience across India, Vietnam and Thailand prepares him exceptionally well to lead the growth momentum in the strategically important India business. In his most recent assignment as Managing Director, Thailand, Gautham spearheaded the ‘Power of One’ integration of the beverage and foods businesses while delivering strong volume and profit results along with leadership share positions in both categories. I know that with his direct experience in India and his broader perspective on Asia, he will continue to build on the PepsiCo success story in India.”
Anand has been associated with PepsiCo for over a decade. He joined PepsiCo in 1994 as CFO of the India business and was in that role till end-1997. Thereafter, he was part of the core team that successfully managed a key acquisition and integration in Australia. He took over as MD of the India Food business of PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd in 1998. In the last nine years he has led FritoLay India through an enriching growth phase, building it up as a leading convenience food company in India.
Mukkavilli joined PepsiCo Beverages International in 1991 as one of the early members of the team that launched Brand Pepsi in India. Since then, he has held general management roles of growing scale and complexity in India, Vietnam and Thailand in beverages as well as snacks. He has served on PepsiCo International, Asia Pacific leadership team for the last nine years and has played a key role in the growth of the South East Asian region.
In 2000, he became MD of Thailand Beverages, a key international market for PepsiCo. In 2004, he spearheaded the formation of a ‘Power of One’ business in Thailand, integrating PepsiCo’s strong beverage and snack portfolio in the country and delivered sustained volume and profit growth over several years and leadership share positions in both categories.
Prior to PepsiCo, Mukkavilli gained eight years of sales and marketing experience in the UB Group and Brooke Bond India Ltd, a Unilever company.