– USA, NY – PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected William R. Johnson, the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of H.J. Heinz Company, and an Advisory Partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian”) to the PepsiCo Board, effective March 23, 2015. Mr. Johnson will also be included in the company’s slate of nominees for election to the Board at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
“Bill will bring deep expertise and insight to the PepsiCo Board as we continue to innovate and drive profitable long-term growth,” said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO. “We have had constructive discussions with Trian for nearly two years. They have provided valuable input to many aspects of our business, and the recommendation of Bill as an independent director to the Board.”
Nooyi added: “We respect Bill’s strong track record of shareholder value creation at Heinz. Bill’s extensive consumer packaged goods experience will be an important addition to our Board.”
Bill Johnson commented, “I am excited to join PepsiCo’s Board of Directors and look forward to working closely with Indra and the other directors to continue driving value for all PepsiCo shareholders.”
Nelson Peltz, Chief Executive Officer and a Founding Partner of Trian, commented, “Trian has always believed that PepsiCo is a world-class company with a portfolio of iconic brands, and enormous potential. We support Indra’s commitment to operational excellence, which has resulted in improved performance of the company. We are confident that Bill will be a strong and complementary addition to the PepsiCo Board.”
“We’re pleased to welcome Bill to our Board,” said Ian Cook, Presiding Director. “PepsiCo’s Board follows corporate governance best practices and, in accordance with recommendations of the National Association of Corporate Directors, will continue to engage actively with management on PepsiCo’s strategy and the creation of long-term shareholder value.”
About William R. Johnson
William R. Johnson is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the H. J. Heinz Company. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, Heinz became one of the best performing global companies in the packaged foods industry and delivered solid dividend growth and consistently strong operating free cash flow. Mr. Johnson joined Heinz in 1982 and spent 31 years at the company in increasingly senior roles. In 1993, he was named Senior Vice President and joined the company’s Board of Directors. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996 and became CEO in 1998.
He currently serves as a Director of Emerson Electric Co. and United Parcel Service, Inc., and is an Advisory Partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. and an Operating Partner with the private equity firm Advent International. An active supporter of community organizations, he has served as a member of the national Athena Awards committee, chaired the 2001 annual campaign for the United Way of Western Pennsylvania, co-chaired the capital campaign in 2009 to raise funds for the new Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh, and chaired numerous local events including the 2004 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gala event.
Mr. Johnson graduated from UCLA and earned a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in 2007.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.
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