Umran Beba is the Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer for PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018. With a product portfolio that include a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages such as Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana, PepsiCo generates more than $1 billion in estimated annual retail sales in 22 brands.
Beba assumed her current role in November 2018. She leads PepsiCo’s global diversity agenda, working with sector leadership teams to execute a sustainable roadmap for PepsiCo’s people-related sustainability goals.
Beba has held a wide range of roles since joining PepsiCo in 1994. In her previous role, she held a variety of accountabilities within the global HR function, including overseeing the Centers of Expertise for Human Capital Management. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president and Chief HR Officer for PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa, based in Dubai. Earlier in her career, she served as business unit general manager of PepsiCo’s East Mediterranean business unit, comprising Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, and subsequently as president of two different regions – South East Europe and Asia Pacific. She started her PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in Turkey, where she held positions including Marketing Director, HR Director and ultimately General Manager.
Beba is a great supporter of all of PepsiCo’s sustainability goals, and has led the development or expansion of numerous programs designed to achieve them. These include Water Hope, a collaborative social enterprise that aims to bring clean drinking water to over one million Filipinos; Liter of Light, bringing clean energy to poor communities across Asia, Africa and South America; and a partnership with UNESCO to build a Business Skills Development Center in Myanmar. Beba has received numerous recognitions for her dedication to diversity and inclusion, including the 2013 “Global Inspiring Women Worldwide Award” from the Women International Network, and PepsiCo’s Steve Reinemund Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Legacy Award in 2012.
Beba is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Education, Gender and Work; the co-chair of Asia Society’s Global Diversity and Talent Council; vice-chair of the International Youth Foundation’s Board of Directors; and board member of Neighbors Link, based in Westchester, New York. She also is on the Board of Overseers at Columbia University, Professional Studies, a Board of Trustees member for Purchase College Foundation, Purchase, New York, and a Performing Arts Center Council member for Purchase College.
Beba has also served as the President of Food Industry Asia and as an Advisory Council Member for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School. Through her work in diversity and inclusion, she has been featured in several books on the topic, including Good Leaders Learn by Gerard Seijts; Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky by Anthony A. Rose; and Leadership Revelations III: How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point by Avril Henry.
A native of Turkey, Beba earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. She and her husband have two sons.
Beba is based in Purchase, New York.