Pedro Padierna serves as President of PepsiCo Mexico since 2011.
At PepsiCo, Pedro heads the Global Potato Center of Excellence and is a member of the Extended Executive Committee.
He began his career at PepsiCo in 1987 as VP of Marketing, later becoming Vice President of Research and Development at Sabritas. Since then, he has held various positions, including Mexico’s Commercial Senior VP, and held the National Sales vice presidency. He also headed the Sabritas team in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
He currently serves as a PepsiCo ambassador in Mexico, developing strong relationships with key partners, including government officials, clients, media and NGO’s.
He was founder and President of the Sabritas Foundation, and currently serves as President of the PepsiCo Mexico Foundation.
Previously, he worked for the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, Banamex (Citibank Mexico) as well as Procter & Gamble.
Currently, he is President of the Board of Trustees of the Iberoamericana University, his alma mater. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Council of Global Companies (CEEG) in Mexico from 2011 to 2015.
He is founding partner and former President of ConMexico (the Mexican Industry Council of Consumer Products). He served as President of the International Advertising Association and acted as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Communication Council (CC).
In 2012, Pedro was awarded with the prestigious PepsiCo’s Global Steve Reinemund Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Legacy Award.
PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with over $63 billion in net revenue and a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. In Mexico, we have been accompanying Mexican families for over 100 years with delicious products that are healthier each day, such as Quaker, Gamesa, Gatorade and Sonric´s. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. Along with Million Women Mentors, PepsiCo is mobilizing 100 mentors within the US, expanding it globally in 2015 in order to mobilize 1000 mentors in 2016. PepsiCo and STEMConnector launched the Mexico City pilot program to mentor first-year girls studying in the STEM fields. This program aims to be replicated by other universities, high schools and companies in 2016.
Around the world, there’s a shortage of qualified engineers, scientists and mathematicians to meet current and future society’s needs. As we know, this imbalance threatens to slow the pace of innovation, productivity and economic growth in years to come at a global scale.
If we consider that, according to MWM, by the year 2018, 71% of all jobs globally will require STEM related disciplines or skills; it is crucial for us to identify how these professions will be impacting industries, institutions and societies in general.
Nowadays, the heavily globalized economy is in need of people with knowledge and skills that drive innovation. Most of Mexico’s economic progress gained over the recent decades is attributed to enhanced productivity through innovation. People that have brought innovation to the table are those equipped with STEM abilities and skillsets and we need them in order to enable the companies to keep up with the rapid pace of change.
Therefore, the challenge for companies is not only to attract young STEM talent, but to help them peruse a STEM career. STEM skills are crucial to our business. We employ STEM professionals who play a critical role in enabling the company’s success.
For example, growing crops sustainably and optimizing yields requires expertise in agronomy, crop physiology, among others. There is a great amount of math involved in projecting how to source the ingredients needed to produce food and beverages for over 200 countries and territories. Making more nutritionally-advantaged foods requires expertise in exercise physiology, metabolomics, computational analysis, and nutritional science.
Also, to reduce our carbon footprint, PepsiCo engineers are constantly developing new food-production technologies, lighter packages and better ingredients. For this and many reasons more; is why we work tirelessly to supporting young talent of STEM fields to become leaders of the future.
We at PepsiCo benefit from the economists who work with researchers on technical transfer, and the engineers who build the state-of-the-art equipment for our businesses, so we can perform our duties, thanks to cutting-edge technologies and this in turn, reduces workloads, carbon footprints, energy consumption, and optimizes our processes.
Therefore, we support STEM education through PepsiCo´s STEM Innovation Task Force which develop programs, according to our own corporate strategic priorities, to accelerate sustainable STEM careers through innovation science and excellence.
For this task force, mentoring is a very important aspect of promoting STEM careers. That is why PepsiCo joined MWM and implemented a pilot program in Mexico, where PepsiCo Mexico fosters mentoring for college-aged women in STEM fields at the Iberoamericana University and UNITEC University by providing the mentees with one-on-one meetings guided by PepsiCo STEM professionals to identify, define and nurture hard and soft skills such as leadership, communication, innovation and digital capabilities. These mentoring programs enable us to leave a legacy, accelerate personal and professional growth, and act as a seed for talent.
Supporting women STEM students is not only an essential part of PepsiCo’s strategy to innovate; it is also important to women themselves. According to “STEM Facts on Women & Girls” by MWM, women in STEM jobs earn more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. Also, STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the country.
Recently, the Washington Post noted that Mexico was graduating from its universities and specialized high schools, 130,000 engineers and technicians a year, more than Canada, Germany or even Brazil, a country with nearly twice the population of Mexico. During the 2006 to 2012 administration, the government built 140 schools of higher learning, with 120 of them dedicated to science and engineering, while capacity was expanded at 96 other public campuses.
A study by Mexico’s Department of Labor and Social Welfare showed that, on average, university graduates in aviation and marine transport engineering have the highest starting salaries in the country, followed by Mexican physicists, ecology/environmental engineers and biomedicine graduates. This serves as a perfect indicator that we must move forward with broader STEM initiatives.
That is why I believe that the most important action a corporate leader must take to advance STEM initiatives is to tie them closely to the various functions within the business and across different regions. For example, at PepsiCo, our STEM-oriented functions work closely together with global groups set up to drive innovation platforms around the world. This allows us to widely spread our best ideas and practices across different markets, as this multiplies the impact that our functional teams can have on the global business while enhancing their value to our company.
Enhancing STEM is not solely a call for PepsiCo but for all multinationals that streamline innovation through its human capital. In this sense, the private sector needs to do a better job of communicating the huge array of jobs that require STEM education and skills. At PepsiCo, this array could range from product development to packaging design to the creation of sustainable agriculture programs –all of these are incredibly stimulating jobs that give people the opportunity to make a real impact on the world. We need to do a better job of creating the demand by advertising our jobs and career paths more effectively.
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