Brenda Barnes

Brenda Barnes

Former Sara Lee CEO

Brenda Barnes has made great strides for women in the world of business as the current Sara Lee CEO and the first female CEO of Pepsico. Brenda Barnes attended Augustana College and achieved a degree in economics, and then got an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Brenda Barnes began as a business manager for Wilson Sporting Goods, then attained various executive positions with Frito-Lay and PepsioCo. After becoming president and CEO of PepsiCo North America, she left to spend more time with her family, but eventually returned to work as the COO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Afterwards she joined Sara Lee and eventually became Chairman and CEO.

Brenda Barnes has attained status several times on the Forbes list of The World

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