Vivek Sankaran


Elaine L. Chao
President and Chief Operating Officer, Frito-Lay North America


Vivek Sankaran is president and chief operating officer (COO) of Frito-Lay North America, where he leads PepsiCo’s $16 Billion snack and convenient foods business in the United States and Canada.

Before assuming this role in 2016, Vivek served as COO where he was responsible for marketing, customer (retailer) sales and go-to-market transformation functions. Prior to that role, Vivek was chief commercial officer of North America, responsible for PepsiCo’s cross-divisional performance across the company’s largest North America customers and held the role of chief customer officer, leading Sales for Frito-Lay North America.

During his tenure, Vivek led field operations for Frito-Lay’s South region, where he had the opportunity to learn the operating side of the business from the ground up and also served as senior vice president, Strategy, working for the Chairman’s office.

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2009, Vivek was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he served various Fortune 100 companies with a focus on strategy and operations. He served clients in North America, the United Kingdom, and Korea during his 14 year career at the firm.

Vivek serves on the board of Safe Water Network, a non-profit organization that develops sustainable water solutions in India and Ghana, and also serves on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Vivek has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai.

Vivek and his wife Nancy have made their home in Dallas.