He is the former CEO of PepsiCo Foods.
Varun Berry, former CEO of PepsiCo Foods, is all set to join Britannia Industries as its chief operating officer. Berry quit PepsiCO February last year. He will be the second most senior official at Britannia.
Berry exited PepsiCo barely a year after taking charge as the CEO of its foods division, in a move that had surprised industry watchers. He had been leading PepsiCo’s foray in the masspriced, low-cost traditional packaged snacks market under its Lehar brand, to stave off regional rivals including Balaji, Bikanervala and A-Top Foods. Before taking charge of Pepsi-Co Foods, he was based in Dubai, heading International Dairy & Juice, PepsiCo’s joint venture with Saudi Arabia based dairy company Almarai. An alumni of Punjab Engineering College and an MBA from Panjab University, Berry started his career at Brooke Bond India in 1986, where he worked as marketing manager for six years.
Other top level rejigs are also happening at Britannia. Neeraj Chandra, vice-president and COO at Britannia, will now head strategy and new business development. While Vinod Menon, who has been heading strategy and new business development, has been named VP and CFO.