Vivek Sankaran is President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons Companies, Inc., a leading North America retail food, health and wellness company.
Before assuming this role, Vivek served as CEO of Frito-Lay North America, where he led PepsiCo’s $16 Billion snack and convenient foods business in the United States and Canada. While at PepsiCo Vivek also served as COO where he was responsible for marketing, customer (retailer) sales and go-to-market transformation functions, Chief Commercial Officer North America, and Chief Customer Officer, leading sales for Frito-Lay North America.
During his tenure at PepsiCo, 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.
Until his appointment at Albertsons, Vivek served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. He also serves on the boards of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
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.