First Beacon Lecturer Announced
Introduced last year, the Beacon Lecturer series will take place again at the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Two sessions will be led by two prestigious individuals who use their extensive experience and knowledge to dispense provocative opinions and cutting-edge strategies in the fields of science and technology. Each session will include a 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A. IFT is excited to announce the first Beacon Lecturer for 2012 is Mehmood Khan, CEO, Global Nutrition Group, and Chief Scientific Officer of PepsiCo.
Khan will speak on Tuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. Khan leads company-wide research and development and has overseen PepsiCo’s expanded investment in R&D by recruiting highly regarded clinical scientists, global health leaders, and medical experts. As CEO, Global Nutrition Group, he directs PepsiCo’s enterprise planning, portfolio development, and execution of new technology to accelerate growth of a global architecture for the company’s nutrition-focused brands. Previously, Khan was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic, serving as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutritional Trials Unit in the division of endocrinology.
What resources and expertise can a global food and beverage business leverage in order to enable access to safe, delicious, and affordable nutrition worldwide? Chartered with growing PepsiCo’s portfolio of nutritious foods and beverages from approximately $14 billion in revenue currently to $30 billion by the year 2020, the Global Nutrition Group (GNG) brings together the best of PepsiCo research & development, product innovation, operations, and marketing expertise from across the company to accelerate food and beverage product and process innovation across 22 billion-dollar-brands, including Quaker Oats, Tropicana, and Gatorade, in addition to the company’s core Pepsi and Lay’s businesses. Learn how Khan leverages his unique experience and perspective as a medical doctor to meet the challenges of accelerating innovation across the company and around the world.
IFT is equally excited to introduce the second Beacon Lecturer, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for that announcement in April. Stay tuned…
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