Vipul Prakash, Senior Vice President, Beverages Category, India Region has decided to quit his post at PepsiCo to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity outside the company.
Vishal Kaul, who recently re-joined the Pepsico India team, will step into Prakash’s shoes and lead the Beverage category in addition to leading the Transformation agenda for India; with immediate effect. “We are confident that Vishal will bring his creative and commercial expertise to take the Beverage category to the next level, leading the agenda with both the COBO and FOBO system,” the company said in a statement.
“PepsiCo India has built a very strong talent pipeline by giving people a mix of different critical experiences in India and internationally. We are pleased to have Vishal Kaul take on the role of Vice President for the Beverage Category. Prior to his last role outside the company, Vishal had a long stint with PepsiCo in leadership roles across various geographies. He takes the baton from Vipul Prakash, who has taken an entrepreneurial opportunity outside PepsiCo after a successful stint of 20 years with the Company. We will miss him and we wish Prakash all the very best for his future endeavours.” said Ahmed ElSheikh- Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo India.
Commenting on his appointment, Vishal Kaul, Vice President Beverage Category and Transformation, PepsiCo India said, “It feels great to be back in PepsiCo India where I began my career journey as a management trainee in 1999. With the strong PepsiCo portfolio of brands, it is an honour and privilege to lead the next stage of growth and evolution of the Beverage Category. The expansion of our portfolio to include healthier options, new packaging choices, and new ways of connecting with consumers is incredibly exciting.”
Prakash joined PepsiCo in November 1998 in India, where he held positions in marketing and franchise. He will be completing 20 years of his career journey with Pepsico and leaves a strong legacy. Since then, he has had stints at the Sector, Global and India Region in various capacities. He has led brand strategy for the company’s most iconic and loved brands like Mountain Dew, 7Up, Pepsi and Mirinda across geographies. He has been an excellent mentor and coach to Pepsico’s talent across the system.