Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter to join PepsiCo in R.&D. role

by Eric Schroeder
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PURCHASE, N.Y. — Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter will join PepsiCo, Inc. as senior vice-president, R&D Global Foods, effective Oct. 19. Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter will report to Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer for PepsiCo, and John Compton, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods.

Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter, who most recently was senior vice-president of product innovation for Altria Client Services, will have global operating responsibility for the R.&D. global foods and snacks business, including accelerating innovation and developing products with functional advantages while continuing to apply credible science to enhance the PepsiCo’s product portfolio.

Earlier, she was senior vice-president of R.&D. at Sara Lee Food and Beverage and Foodservice in Chicago. She also led R.&D., quality and scientific and regulatory affairs for the Mueller Dairy Group in Germany after starting her career with the Campina Group, a dairy company in Europe.

"We are very pleased to welcome Heidi, who brings a strong science-based expertise to this critical role," Dr. Khan said. "I’m confident she will be instrumental in the continued development of differentiated innovation in our global foods and snacks business."

Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter received a Ph.D. in food science, food technology and nutrition from the universities of Giessen and Stuttgart in Germany.

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