PepsiCo today announced two new appointments to its India Region leadership team. Praveen Someshwar, currently CEO of India Beverages, moves as CEO of India Foods and Gautham Mukkavilli, currently Senior Vice President, Global Nutrition Group (GNG), PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) returns to India as CEO of India Beverages.
Both Someshwar and Mukkavilli 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 June 1, 2012. We are announcing them today in order to allow ample time for transition, while ensuring that we remain 100 per cent focused on achieving our 2012 business plans” said Anand.
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.
“Someshwar’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,” added Anand.
With his vast experience in both global and Indian markets, Mukkavilli will now lead the charge to continue the impressive growth of PepsiCo India’s beverage brands including Pepsi, 7UP, Mirinda, Slice, Aquafina and Gatorade, to name a few.
“Mukkavilli 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 US,” said Anand.