Senior Vice President, Communications
Purchase, New York
Chris Kuechenmeister is a Senior Vice President of Communications for PepsiCo where he is responsible for leading brand communications, reputation management and employee engagement for the company’s North America beverage business – PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA). As a member of PBNA’s executive committee, Kuechenmeister oversees internal and external communications across customers, employees, the media and other key stakeholders. He also is a member of the leadership team for PepsiCo’s global communications function.
Before serving in this role, Kuechenmeister held multiple positions within PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President of North America Communications where he led strategic efforts to promote the company’s food, beverage and nutrition portfolios, and Vice President of Communications for Frito-Lay North America in Plano, Texas where he oversaw communications for PepsiCo’s collection of snack brands.
During his career, Kuechenmeister has served in various leadership roles with both corporations and agencies and has a track record of driving innovative and effective reputation-building communications campaigns across a variety of brands and companies, including roles with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Citizen Relations and Michelin North America.
He currently serves on the Arthur Page Society DE&I advisory board and the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Board. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the PRSA Foundation.
Kuechenmeister holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a native of the Detroit area.