Person of the Year

Bob Gamgort, CEO, Keurig Dr Pepper

Bob Gamgort didn't want to be our Person of the Year. He almost turned it down, in fact. Not because he wasn't honored, but because he didn't want to accept it if it didn't recognize the teams at both Keurig and DPS that came together to make Keurig Dr Pepper. Consider them recognized: in fact, it's the willingness to pull these teams together that made this award happen. In combining the coffee company with the manufacturing and distribution titan, KDP has thoroughly shaken up the distribution and investment game board, resetting the ranks of entrepreneurial brands, watching some leave and some return. It's this electrification of the industry that has come from the combination of entities that has made our choice so clear. That someone who sits at the head of the enterprise was so conscious about sharing the laurels makes it even more worthwhile.