Ronald C. Parker is president and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). He has been a member of the organization representing global black senior executives at Fortune 1000 and equivalent companies since 1994, and has served on both the Council and Foundation Boards. Parker, who retired from his post as senior vice president for human resources, labor relations and global diversity and inclusion for PepsiCo, is focused on assuring that The ELC’s brand, programs and overall impact remain strong as the organization launches its strategic goals.
As senior vice president with PepsiCo, Parker was responsible for directing the company’s global labor relations and diversity and inclusion strategies and its efforts to become a premier company of the 21st century. His involvement with succession planning, workforce analysis and developing the cultural competency of PepsiCo’s leaders forms a base of experience that complements The ELC’s aspirational goals to place more black executives in C-suites and on the boards of Fortune 500 companies.
For nearly 30 years, Parker worked in the beverages and snack foods operating division and the corporate office in field and headquarters positions. He previously served as senior vice president of human resources for PepsiCo North America and was responsible for all human resource programs related to initiatives such as succession planning, organizational capability, labor relations and change leadership. The chief personnel officers of Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola North America, Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade; Worldwide Technology Operations and the PepsiCo Customer Teams reported to him.
Parker began his career as assistant to the vice president at American Quasar Petroleum. He then moved to the staff of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, as assistant director of athletics in charge of national recruitment. He joined an emerging petroleum services company, the Western Company of North America, where he focused on national recruitment and employee development. He joined Pepsi-Cola Bottling in 1982 as human resources manager.
Parker is a board member of CTPartners, a publicly-traded, leading edge executive search firm operating in twenty four countries, serving global organizations, private equity and venture capital firms. He is also on the Board of Visitors of Howard University’s School of Business and the Baylor Regional Medical Center – Plano, Texas. A native Texan, he earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Texas Christian University where he now serves on the International Board of Visitors for the Neeley School of Business and the Board of
He and his wife Paula reside in Plano, Texas, and have three children: Jonathan, Michael and Lauren.