Dr. Mehmood Khan
PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer, global research and development
Khan oversees PepsiCo's global Performance with Purpose initiatives to enhance environmental, human and talent sustainability for the company, which has 22 different brands that generate $1 billion each in estimated annual sales. He also leads the company's research and development efforts, creating innovations in food, beverages and nutrition. As chair of PepsiCo's Sustainability Council, he oversees and guides the company's initiatives that help protect and conserve global water supplies, develop innovative packaging to minimize its products' impact on the environment, eliminate solid waste to landfills from its production facilities, reduce companywide absolute greenhouse gas emissions, and support sustainable agriculture efforts by expanding best practices with the company's growers and suppliers. He also strengthens PepsiCo's global network and knowledge base by launching research projects with leading universities and technology companies and spearheading agricultural and nutrition science initiatives. Before joining PepsiCo, Khan was president of Takeda Global Research & Development and was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.