Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Latin America
Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, United States
What stands out to you about PepsiCo’s people and culture?
I’ve been at PepsiCo for almost 30 years in various corporate and sector roles throughout the United States and around the world. Our associates have an unbelievable can-do attitude. Across functions, our associates and frontline workers are highly motivated with a strong desire to win. People here are so smart and passionate.
What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
I think my biggest accomplishment is knowing that I’ve had a real impact on many people. So many of my closest colleagues are still here, working at very senior levels. I’m so proud of their success. That’s also just embedded into our culture: We encourage, support and listen to one another at PepsiCo. We really put each other first and look ahead with a true sense of optimism.
What does mentorship mean to you?
It’s important to have relationships with leaders at all levels. We can learn so much from people at different stages of their careers. It’s rewarding to provide support and guidance to talented people. Mentorship is one of the most important safe spaces people can have.
Can you talk about the importance of representation?
As a Hispanic woman with a bit of an accent, working in the United States was not always easy. I work in Finance, where we’re very lucky to have women in senior positions. As CFO of PepsiCo LATAM, I’m also very fortunate to work with women in senior positions. Our CEO, head of R&D, head of IT, head of Marketing, head of Legal, head of Communications, and head of HR are all women! Our diversity makes us so much stronger, and our business results over the last two years clearly validate that.
Marilyn Colantuoni said you’re one of her mentors. What inspired you to take on that role?
I’ve worked with Marilyn for years. Our exchanges always focused on content. But I had the luck of meeting up with Marilyn on a flight to Mexico a few months ago. I was overcome by her story and journey. She’s an extraordinary woman, highly focused, and full of life and drive. That night I learned how important it is to take a little time to really get to know the people around us.
Who do you look up to for inspiration?
I’m inspired by the incredible senior leaders at PepsiCo. But my true inspiration comes from my 21-year-old daughter. I always say she’s the best version of me, and everything I do is about making her half as proud as I am of her.