Senior Director of R&D, PepsiCo
Garry Kohl is PepsiCo’s Sr. Director of R&D accountable for Global Packaging Technology/Design & Environmental Sustainability across PepsiCo’s Snacks and Nutrition Categories. In his role, Mr. Kohl oversees new developments in designing packaging materials and machinery for global PepsiCo. This includes bio-based materials, lowering carbon footprint and design for recovery. Consumer focused, to capture competitive advantage and drive PepsiCo’s businesses forward. Garry’s an industry Packaging Professional with over 29 years of diversified Packaging leadership and experience in fresh, frozen, shelf stable foods and ambient/refrigerated beverage products. Granted thirty United States Utility Patents and two Design Patents. Recognized with PepsiCo Chairman’s awards in 2003 and 2007. Globally connected conducting business in 30 countries for PepsiCo.
Why do you want to serve on the SPC Executive Committee?
This is a wonderful opportunity for me as I believe we are in a unique situation where together we can make an impact. My current position at PepsiCo leading sustainable packaging technology development globally with reports in Europe, Middle East, Asia, ANZ, Americas and the greater China region enable me to be “live” in the discussions going on each of our business sectors. This experience will provide excellent perspective around the movements / issues related to packaging sustainability.
PepsiCo continues to demonstrate industry leadership in setting challenging goals, accounting for them and reporting. Since I have personally had the experience creating and debating PepsiCo’s goals since 2007 I believe this will be a strength for providing strategic guidance on all SPC activities.
In my global capacity and ability to impact cross functionally at PepsiCo I can serve as an SPC ambassador to impact the agenda and membership. As an example I have led an effort where we have recently partnered with IOPP to broadly certify a large cross section of our Packaging organization as Certified PKG Professionals across the globe. This type of leadership will enable future success!