Grace Puma Whiteford
Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer of PepsiCo
Grace Puma is the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer of PepsiCo.In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $63 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. In 2015, Grace was appointed Chief Supply Officer with expanded responsibilities where she leads a Global Supply Team comprise of: Global Logistics, Global Procurement, and PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours. In her current role as CSO, she has strategic leadership accountabilities for 11 concentrate manufacturing operations, $30B of purchase spend and ~3600 worldwide employees. Her scope of responsibility includes driving: enterprise supply chain strategy; productivity; commodity risk management; plant health /safety; product quality and supply service to the PepsiCo’s businesses. Since Grace joined PepsiCo in 2010, she transitioned procurement from a decentralized, market-based function to a centralized global procurement entity. Grace created new organizational model to ensure globally connected, locally wired work processes with 1,100+ employees and a $30B spend scope on raw commodities, direct/indirect materials, and agency & media. Grace is a seasoned executive experienced at transforming decentralized organizations into globally connected, locally wired business functions that drive performance. She is well regarded as a strategist and change agent who finds best-possible business solutions to business challenges. Grace is recognized as a top female and Hispanic leader role model across complex and decentralized global business environments. She is highly valued for her ability to find innovative solutions, build strong business relationships and develop talent. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Grace worked for United Airlines where she served as senior vice president, chief procurement officer and led the transformation to a global strategic sourcing function with an enterprise-wide scope. Grace and her team delivered significant savings across the value chain, while effectively handling risk management during the jet fuel crises in 2008. Before joining United, Grace led key areas of global procurement at Kraft Foods, including raw materials, packaging, indirect materials, transportation, logistics, and services. She also worked in strategic procurement at Motorola and Gillette. Grace holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Illinois Benedictine University. She previously served as a board member for Steppenwolf Theatre, the Institute for Supply Managers and board member for the Marietta Corporation. In 2013, Grace was recognized as the #4 CPO out of 5,000 global CPOs across all industries by ExecRank. In 2016, she was recognized as the “Executive of the Year” by Latina Style magazine.
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About PepsiCo: PepsiCo operates as a food and beverage company worldwide.