Mr. Enrico is the former chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Enrico was chief executive officer of PepsiCo, Inc. from April 1996 to April 2001, chairman of PepsiCo, Inc.'s board from November 1996 to April 2001, and vice chairman from April 2001 to April 2002. He joined PepsiCo, Inc. in 1971, became president and chief executive officer of Pepsi-Cola USA in 1983, president and chief executive officer of PepsiCo Worldwide Beverages in 1986, chairman and chief executive officer of Frito-Lay, Inc. in 1991, and chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo Worldwide Foods in 1992. Mr. Enrico was chairman and chief executive officer, PepsiCo Worldwide Restaurants, from 1994 to 1997.
He is also on the boards of directors of The National Geographic Society, the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Film Institute.
Mr. Enrico has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since October 2004.
Mr. Enrico was the son of the foreman at an iron-ore processing plant. He attended Babson College and then volunteered for the Navy.
After returning from the war, he took a job in 1971 as a brand manager for Frito-Lay, a PepsiCo subsidiary, where he helped market the onion-flavored crunchy snacks called Funyuns. He later moved to Japan and South America, where he headed PepsiCo’s regional operations. In 1983, at 38, he became the chief executive of Pepsi-Cola USA,
Mr. Enrico was named chief executive and chairman of PepsiCo in 1996. The next year, he spun off the restaurant division, composed of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut chains, as an independent public company, creating what is now known as Yum Brands. In 1998, he oversaw the acquisition of Tropicana and, in 2000, he struck a deal to acquire Quaker Oats, which included Gatorade.
Mr. Enrico retired from PepsiCo in 2001 and was later named chairman of DreamWorks Animation, serving from 2004 to 2012.
Besides his son Aaron and grandson, Mr. Enrico is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and two other grandchildren.