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Pepsico's Nooyi to talk navigation at RLC 2012

Adapting to shifts in the marketplace is tough enough for the operator of a single restaurant. Imagine the challenge it poses for Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsico Inc., a diversified consumer-goods company with operations in almost every nook and cranny of the planet.

Nooyi has won the praise of investors and business leaders for navigating such sea changes as consumers’ insistence on healthful choices and sustainable business practices. In her current role, Nooyi is responsible for Pepsico’s overall strategic direction, which means plotting a course today to maintain the competitiveness of the company’s 19 business lines far into the future.

Part II is shifting the operations and focus of a $43-billion, 285,000-employee company, starting today. In more than 200 countries.

Nooyi will share her vision, and how she engineers change at one of the world’s largest consumer foods companies, in a keynote address to the Restaurant Leadership Conference, a summit for chain restaurant operators and franchisors. This year’s meeting, themed “Winning in a Changed World,” is slated for March 25-28 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nooyi will detail how Pepsico, a company known for chips and other salty snacks, has programmed wellness into its DNA. She’ll draw on her initiation of Performance with Purpose, a multi-year strategy for protecting the health of consumers, the environment, and the company itself.

She’ll also discuss globalization and how the marketplace is shifting to a planet-wide playing field.  Her presentation is entitled, “Where in the World is Business Heading?”

The Restaurant Leadership Conference is presented by CSP Information Group, the parent of Monkeydish.com and Restaurant Business magazine.

Other speakers scheduled for the invitation-only event include Ron Shaich, the co-founder and executive chairman of Panera Bread Co., and Ed Rensi, the former McDonald’s CEO who now runs the fledgling Tom & Eddie’s burger chain.

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