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PepsiCo Names Grace Puma Head of Procurement

October 29, 2010

Gary Fackler -- HispanicBusiness


PepsiCo has appointed Grace Puma its new senior vice president and Chief Procurement Officer, effective November 8th.

In that role, Ms. Puma will work to ensure PepsiCo's global reach, using sophisticated support to our developing markets. She will also be responsible for driving innovation within the company's supplier base, accelerating the transformation of PepsiCo's portfolio.

Other responsibilities include advancing the company's environmental sustainability goals; facilitating growth in the Global Nutrition Group; and ensuring that PepsiCo remains competitive in a volatile commodity environment.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Ms. Puma worked with United Airlines (UA), where she has served as senior vice president, Chief Procurement Officer. She led the transformation of UA's procurement organization to a global strategic sourcing function with an enterprise-wide scope. She and her team also delivered significant savings, while effectively handling risk management through the jet fuel crises in 2008.

Additionally, Ms. Puma led integration planning for UA's merger with Continental for nine corporate departments - including Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Real Estate. Her accomplishments also include launching UA's first Women's Development Forum to increase professional development opportunities for emerging management-level women employees through networking, mentoring and other initiatives.

Prior to joining UA in 2007, Grace led key areas of global strategic supply management at Kraft Foods, including raw materials, packaging, indirect materials and services.

Ms. Puma earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Illinois Benedictine University. She is a member of Boards of Directors of the Marietta Corporation and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and she served on the Board of the Institute of Supply Managers from 2006 through 2009.

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