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Sudan-born executive appointed as new president of PepsiCo

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September 26, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – PepsiCo Inc., the world’s second largest food and beverage corporation, announced this month that it has appointed a new president to lead its worldwide operations to replace the 28-year company veteran John Compton who abruptly resigned to become the chief executive of truck stop operator Pilot Flying J Oil Corp.

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Zein Abdalla, President, PepsiCo (PepsiCo Photo)

Zein Abdalla, who headed PepsiCo Europe, will now succeed Mr. Compton effective immediately and will be working out of PepsiCo’s headquarters in New York.

The Sudan-born 53-years old executive who joined the company in 1995 was credited with doubling revenue of PepsiCo’s Europe division to $14 billion and overseeing the successful acquisition of a top Russian dairy company.

“Zein has demonstrated outstanding business and operational results as the leader of our European sector. During his tenure the division grew revenues from $7 billion to $14 billion; he led the transformation of the European portfolio, shifting it towards the higher-growth markets in the region; and along the way he also helped PepsiCo become the largest food and beverage company in Russia” said PepsiCo’s CEO & Chairman Indra Nooyi in a statement.

“We have drawn from our strong and seasoned cadre of business leaders in appointing Zein Abdalla as president,” Nooyi added. “Zein’s strategic vision, global experience and focus on execution will serve him very well in this new assignment".

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Abdalla worked for 15 years at Mars Inc. in engineering and manufacturing roles, as well as in sales, marketing, human resources and general management.

The incoming PepsiCo president holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London University.

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  • 27 September 2012 07:26, by sudani ana

    Very well done Mr Abdallah. Perhaps you can use some of your magic to improve the Sudanese economy sometime in the future.

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    • 27 September 2012 07:56, by Xeno

      Let him try to help those NCP homos in Sudan, he gets his ass fire.

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    • 27 September 2012 08:34, by Akol Liai Mager

      Until NIF thieves and terrorists are removed from power they have stolen at gun-point at night, you will never see your economic gross. Also the racist and religious idiologies practice in Khartoum are just like the Berlin Wall between you and rest of the World.

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  • 27 September 2012 07:56, by Jalaby

    Very good news, I hope we can get free or cheap Pepsi in Sudan than the actual market price so we can drink a lot otherwise this is useless to us and our mouths will stay salty as before!

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  • 27 September 2012 07:59, by 4Justice

    Pro-lifers drop boycott after Pepsi disavows use of aborted fetal-cells
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/30/pro-lifers-drop-pepsi-boycott/

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  • 27 September 2012 08:36, by Jalaby

    Absolutely great news, finally we will get free Pepsi in Sudan!
    I hope another Sudanese guy will be able to be new president for Coca Cola company as well so we enjoy drinking both free Pepsi & Cola in Sudan instead of Pepsi only!

    Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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    • 27 September 2012 10:06, by Observer

      Jalaby,
      What an attitude- the hand out begging. You are such an illustration of the NCP mentality- always looking for free handouts and patronage
      How do you think he became President of Pepsi- not because he gave out free Pepsi but because of his business acumen.

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  • 27 September 2012 08:45, by Northern Sudanese

    lol, this guy makes us proud.

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    • 27 September 2012 13:44, by Observer

      N. Sudanese,
      Yes he does but when did he last live in Sudan? And what passport does he hold now?
      Mo Ibrahim makes me proud as well but he is no longer a Sudanese- thanks to your NCP.
      Does he make you proud as well??

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      • 27 September 2012 16:21, by Northern Sudanese

        The guys may have a foreign nationality too, but that doesn’t mean his sudanese no longer. he has sudanese blood , and his western nationality can be easily taken away from him but his sudanese can’t. so now all south sudanese refugees who have obtained foreign nationality are no longer south sudanese?

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      • 27 September 2012 16:29, by Northern Sudanese

        Observer
        where does it say he has obtained a second nationality? if he has long not been to sudan how do you know? what do you want from his personal life?
        The guy is sudanese, but am so jealous damn how much money is this guy going to get? from head of pepsi in europe to head of pepsi worldwide

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        • 28 September 2012 00:08, by Observer

          N Sudanese,
          Maybe I just know more than you do and know who the man is and what passport he has?
          If you don;t know you could try using the internet- things like Google are a good tool for you. Easy enough for you to find your way around.
          Note you didnt say anything about Mo Ibrahim and the fact that he is Sudanese- Something to do with your blind support to the NCP??

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          • 22 March 2015 01:50, by Northern Sudanese

            Mo Ibrahim has a dual nationality and holds both Sudanese and Egyptian passport / Mr Zain holds Sudanese passport. They are still Sudanese.

            I hold a Dutch Passport, I am still Sudanese. These are successful Sudanese people, you south sudanese are only good for destruction :)

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  • 27 September 2012 13:42, by Ayman fadul

    Jalaby,
    the more you try to look clinical the more you resemble the people u’re pandering to..
    i guess u will find no accomplishment in Kaki’s trophies as long as it will not be reflected as incentives in your gross salary

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    • 27 September 2012 14:53, by Jalaby

      Ayman Fadul,
      Look clinical??!! Although your words are very poor, rubbish and irrelevant but you turn out to be true big "Maras" for Jonobean! shame on you "Ya Maras"!

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