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Tracy Geisel, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager career possibilities

“The possibilities at PepsiCo allow you to set your own destiny and have the career you have always dreamed of.”

Tracy Geisel

Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

PepsiCo Bottling Company

Atlanta, GA

Education: Capital University, Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Favorite PepsiCo product: Doritos, Diet Pepsi



In 1988 Tracy was traveling to grocery stores in Ohio asking people to take the Pepsi Challenge. Countless times she would ask people, "Which do you prefer?" and was never surprised when Pepsi was consistently picked as the preferred taste. Twenty five years later she's still hooked on one of PepsiCo's most popular brands, Pepsi. Tracy has taken full advantage of the career possibilities at PepsiCo by working in a number of different roles at a variety of locations including Ohio, Michigan, and New York. Her career journey recently led her to a Gatorade facility in Atlanta where in her new management role she is responsible for the health and safety of PepsiCo employees.

"I love to help people anyway I can. Being a Safety Manager, I'm able to get right in there and help people with their day to day routines."

Tracy credits her internal mobility to PepsiCo's assistance during college, available training, and support from co-workers and leadership. It's the inspiration she gets from her peers that drives her love of going in to work every day and being part of the PepsiCo family.

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Kristina Rossova, R&D Manager, F&V EER & SEER career possibilities

“We are investing in people - this is how we manage to succeed.”

Kristina Rossova

R&D Manager, F&V EER & SEER

PepsiCo Eastern Europe

Moscow, Russia

Education: Chemist graduate from University of Gorky

Favorite PepsiCo product: Lay's Cheese & Onion



Perusing an open air fruit market in Moscow, Kristina Rossova sees and smells possibilities everywhere. As part of PepsiCo's research and development team, she oversees the creation of fruit and vegetable products for regions including Greece, Turkey, Romania, and the Ukraine. It's actually part of her job to notice that apples are in season, ripe and ready to go into a PepsiCo apple juice product.

Kristina is highly attuned to the tastes and traditions of developing markets and how local foods may translate into to a new flavor or product. Before focusing on fruits and vegetables, she worked in PepsiCo's Snacks division developing unique region-specific flavors for Lay's potato chips – Red Caviar and Mushroom & Sour Cream chips both became hits in the Russian market.

Beyond travelling and tasting, Kristina's favorite things about PepsiCo include building and developing a strong team and surrounding herself with talented people. The group often hosts several taste tests where technicians present her and her team with various flavors and samples. She can be very hands-on in the development of new products but also enjoys having broader managerial responsibility

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Richard Lawrence, Marketing Manager, Snacks career possibilities

“At PepsiCo, I've had a career path I never dreamed was possible.”

Richard Lawrence

Marketing Manager, Snacks

Asia-Pac

Bangkok, Thailand

Education: BA- History (University of Birmingham)

Favorite PepsiCo product: Naked Juice Green Machine



Richard Lawrence began his career with PepsiCo in the United Kingdom with the Walkers brand. Later, his involvement with the launch of the Naked Juice Products in the UK opened the door to new possibilities abroad. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Richard serves as Marketing Manager for Snacks in the Asia-Pacific division of PepsiCo. He recognizes that the way he grew up doing things in Western Europe isn't necessarily the way things may work in Japan, Korea, Pakistan, and the Philippines. “A big part of my job is just being curious about the world and the countries that we go to,” he said.

Tasked with marketing snacks in emerging markets, Richard takes best practices from PepsiCo globally and reapplies them in a locally relevant way.

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Birmingham. An employee since the age of 25, he finds his career growth with PepsiCo “a real adventure.”

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Helen Hofstede, Production Manager career possibilities

“If a company supports you, it gives you the extra push you need.”

Helen Hofstede

Production Manager

Quaker Europe Foods

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Education: Masters-Food Technology (Wageningen University) and Masters-Science & Innovation Management (University of Utrecht)

Favorite PepsiCo product: Pepsi MAX



As a Project Manager at Quaker Oats in The Netherlands, Helen understands the meaning of “keep your eye on the prize.” Day-to-day, she collaborates with a team of food technologists to create new and improved products in the lab. The ultimate gratification, she says, is seeing the product she has helped develop turn up on the grocery store shelf and knowing how much hard work went into it.

Helen's passion and work ethic extends beyond her job, and she has more than 20 national medals in track to prove it. Rather than joining co-workers for lunch, she's more often found lacing up her running shoes and heading outdoors to train, all in hopes of making it to the Olympics.

With a plan in place, Helen's fast on her way to reaching her goal. She attributes her ability to balance work and athletics to PepsiCo's “Flexico” spirit -- flexible work arrangements based on individual needs.

“In the end you have to do it by yourself, but if a company supports you…it gives you the extra push you need.”

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Ricardo Schreer, South Cone CFO career possibilities

“PepsiCo gives you many tools to develop yourself as a leader.”

Ricardo Schreer

South Cone CFO

PepsiCo Americas Foods

Buenos Aires

Education: MS in Industrial Engineering (NYU Poly) and Post-graduate diploma in Economics (London School of Economics)

Favorite PepsiCo product: Quaker Squares cereal



For Ricardo, PepsiCo has not only provided a career path, it has guided him down a life path. Fifteen years after joining the company at age 25, he was asked to move from his home country of Brazil to Buenos Aires to take on a regional Chief Financial Officer role.

Now, Ricardo's managing four different countries in South America with four different currencies, learning about new cultures, and gaining valuable, enriching life experiences alongside his wife and children. Despite the vast differences, sharing the expat experience with his family has helped to bring them closer together.

“PepsiCo gives you many tools to develop yourself as a leader.”

Ricardo likens his leadership role to that of a coach of a soccer team. While he's not playing in the field, he needs to give his employees direction and strategy to get the job done, because at the end of the day, they're who are going to score the goals. Ricardo's notably demonstrated his ability to lead in empowering his team to recover from a very damaging plant fire. For turning a tragedy story into a success story, Ricardo was awarded the highest employee honor and reminded that the potential and possibilities at PepsiCo are truly endless.

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Caitlin Lucas, Sales District Leader career possibilities

“I have gained more knowledge and opportunities and skills than I would have anywhere else."

Caitlin Lucas

Sales District Leader

Sales

Dallas, TX

Education: Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Favorite PepsiCo product: Lay's, Diet Cherry Pepsi



Caitlin developed a competitive edge and an appreciation for teamwork through her early involvement in soccer. She quickly focused on finding a career that would allow her to incorporate these qualities after she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Caitlin joined PepsiCo in 2009 when she discovered a sales career at PepsiCo would allow her the opportunity to integrate her passion for competing and commitment to collaboration.

Caitlin started her career as a member of a tenured sales team and recently moved into a role as a Sales District Leader. She is currently managing her own team and working with over 200 customers to assist them in growing their business. Caitlin loves the rewarding aspect of sales, as well as the fulfillment of helping her team work together to successfully impact the business. To her, building relationships and delivering results is intensely gratifying.

On and off the field, Caitlin demonstrates the rewarding possibilities of hard work and collaboration. When Caitlin is not competing in sales, she can be found playing soccer and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

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