JOINT NYIFT & NUTMEG IFT VIRTUAL MEETING
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Title: Design Features of PepsiCo’s New R&D Laboratory – Valhalla, NY
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern Time
Speaker: Kevin O’Sullivan, SVP, Global Beverages – PepsiCo
Venue: Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Fee: Free to Participate
When this meeting was originally planned a year ago, we assumed that we would be holding this event in PepsiCo’s new R&D building but as we continue to observe COVID-19 protocols, this meeting will be virtual. Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President for Beverage R&D will present the new building to us with a combination of slides and videos. Hopefully, a year from now, we will follow up on this virtual visit with an in-person meeting.
Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan joined PepsiCo in 1995 at Walkers, UK and held various R&D managerial roles across both UK and Europe Snacks before becoming Walkers R&D lead in 2004. His legacy at Walkers includes the major rennovation of the entire Snacks portfolio to be 25% lower in sodium and 80% lower in saturated fat in addition to innovation on the Baked Platform.
In 2014 Mr. O’Sullivan was appointed VP, PepsiCo Advanced Research within Corporate R&D in New York where he led the long-term Discovery pipeline for Foods & Beverage Packaging and Processing. During his one-year tenure, he was instrumental in reshaping the pipeline to focus on PepsiCo’s strategic direction and key priorities.
In 2017 Kevin was promoted to SVP, R&D Functional Capabilities for Global Beverages where he led the Functional teams on Ingredients, Product, Packaging, Equipment and Processing. In September 2018, he took on the position of SVP Global Beverages R&D across PepsiCo’s $30Bn+ Global Beverages portfolio. He is currently leading a significant multi-year Facilities agenda which includes a very sizeable investment in our Global R&D Center in Valhalla, New York aimed at consolidating all Northeast facilities into one new state-of-the-art R&D Center of Excellence for Global Beverage Innovation which opened on schedule in the second quarter of 2020.
Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
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