Senior Vice President, Global Foods R&D, PepsiCo
Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter is the Senior Vice President of PepsiCo’s Global Foods R&D where she has global R&D responsibility for PepsiCo’s worldwide innovation platforms for savory snacks and overall foods business. Her responsibility covers several $1bln dollar brands such as Lays- the world’s largest snacks brand-, Doritos, Cheetos and Quaker. These brands deliver close to 1bln consumer touch points every day and are enjoyed by consumers in all major parts of the world. Her role includes accelerating the global innovation agenda by developing R&D strategies enabled by differentiated and ownable technology platforms to drive consumer centric and scientifically based transformational innovation. Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter also has operational responsibility for all R&D teams within PepsiCo Americas Foods, such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Sabritas and Gamesa R&D in Mexico and our South American R&D teams. With more than 25 years of experience in the CPG Foods and Beverages industry, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter has a proven track record of leading and commercializing a large number of foods and beverages innovations in more than 10 different categories that have delighted consumers in many parts of the world and have driven impressive business results. Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter earned her PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science/ Engineering/Nutrition from the Universities of Hohenheim and Giessen in Germany. She has also studied Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior at the State University of New York, Product Development at the University of Tennessee, and completed the TGMP General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.