Mehmood Khan, M.D., is Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global R&D, PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $66 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
As chief scientific officer, Mehmood leads company-wide research and development (R&D); recruits highly regarded clinical scientists, global health leaders and medical experts; launches research projects with leading universities; and opens advanced R&D facilities. As executive vice president, Mehmood leads a global team of experts in nutrition, medicine, research, science, marketing/branding, ingredient sourcing and product innovation. He directs PepsiCo’s enterprise planning, portfolio development and execution of new technology to grow the company’s nutrition-focused brands in four areas: grains (Quaker), fruits (Tropicana), vegetables (Sabra) and dairy (Wimm-Bill-Dann). With the creation of the GNG, PepsiCo is one of only two food and beverage companies worldwide with an operation dedicated to health and wellness. This crossover role is unique in the global food and beverage industry, permitting a single point of linkage between R&D and core businesses and brands within the context of health & wellness.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mehmood was president, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, overseeing Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s worldwide R&D efforts. Previously, Mehmood was as a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., serving as director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit in the endocrinology division. He also spent nine years leading programs in diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition for the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Mehmood is based in Purchase, N.Y.
Affiliations, Appointments and Awards:
• Member, Board of Directors, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (Vice Chairman 2013-2014)
• Member, Advisory Board, CTO Forum
• Member, Board of Governors, New York Academy of Science
• Former committee member, American Diabetes Association
• Former committee member, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
• Former committee member, National Institutes of Health