Eric Foss, the former CEO of Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC), has joined ARAMARK as the company’s CEO and President. Foss spent 30 years at PepsiCo culminating in his role as CEO of PBC in which he helped guide the consolidation of the company’s two largest bottlers, Pepsi Bottling Group and Pepsi Americas, into PepsiCo. Foss joins ARAMARK, a privately held food-services and facilities-management conglomerate, effective immediately, taking over the reins from longtime chief Joseph Neubauer, who will remain the chairman of the company.
Here is the press release announcing Foss’ new role at ARAMARK.
PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ARAMARK announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Eric J. Foss as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company effective immediately. Foss, 53, was also elected to the ARAMARK Board of Directors. Joseph Neubauer, who served as CEO for 29 years, will remain as Chairman of the Board.
Foss led the Pepsi Beverages Company, a division of PepsiCo with about $20 billion in revenue and 80,000 employees, as CEO beginning in 2010. During his tenure, he guided the reintegration of Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) and Pepsi Americas (PAS) into PepsiCo. Prior to the merger of PBG/PAS with PepsiCo, Foss was Chairman and CEO of the publicly traded PBG. Throughout his 30 years in the Pepsi system, he has been recognized as an accomplished global business leader, a world class operator with experience in over 30 countries and a builder of talented and diverse teams.
“Eric Foss is an outstanding leader with extensive experience running global enterprises,” said Neubauer. “He has a proven track record of delivering impressive results while building exceptional relationships with business partners, clients and employees. I am delighted to have an executive of Eric’s caliber lead ARAMARK forward.”
“I am very pleased to have been selected to lead this great company and outstanding team,” said Foss. “ARAMARK is a much admired organization and I am honored to be chosen to build upon its success. I look forward to a bright future here as we create the next impressive chapter in the history of ARAMARK.”
Robert Callander, the Chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the ARAMARK Board said, “The Board is very grateful for the transformative contributions that Joe Neubauer has made to ARAMARK over the past 30 years. We are confident in our future as we welcome Eric Foss. He has a broad range of leadership experience, extensive capabilities and a long term track record of success.”
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, parks and destinations and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute, one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” by FORTUNE magazine and one of America’s Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 250,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at www.twitter.com/aramarknews.