Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. announced the appointment of Sudhanshu Priyadarshi to the position of chief financial officer, effective Nov. 14, 2022. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Ozan Dokmecioglu and lead the company's Finance and Information Technology organizations.
Priyadarshi is a seasoned global finance, strategy and operations executive, with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the food and beverage, retail, pharmaceutical and logistics industries. He has spent the majority of his career at multi-national CPG and retail companies, namely PepsiCo and Walmart.
Priyadarshi was most recently CFO at Vista Outdoor Inc., overseeing all financial management and strategic planning for the sporting and outdoor goods company during a period of significant organic and inorganic growth.
"Sudhanshu's impressive financial management experience at leading companies, combined with his strategic and operational savvy, makes him the ideal executive for this critical role," Dokmecioglu said in the announcement. "He will be a strategic partner to our team, as we deliver against our commitments, scale our business for growth and continue to successfully navigate the complex macro environment. We are thrilled to welcome him to KDP."
Priyadarshi started his career at PepsiCo, where he spent 14 years in financial and corporate strategy roles, including as CFO of Global R&D & PepsiCo Global Nutrition Platforms. Following PepsiCo, he moved to Cipla, a top-10 global generic pharmaceutical company, where he was global chief operating officer, leading the company's 14,000 employees in 80 countries and successfully executing more than 20 M&A transactions. Priyadarshi then joined Walmart, serving as vice president of finance and strategy for the $100 billion General Merchandise and Softlines division, and then vice president of finance for the growing U.S. ecommerce business. He left Walmart to become CFO of Flexport, a worldwide provider of logistics solutions.
Priyadarshi added in the announcement: "I am delighted to join KDP at such an exciting time in the Company's journey. I look forward to working closely with Ozan and the entire executive team to continue driving organic growth while pursuing opportunities to deliver above-plan value creation through strategic allocation of KDP's industry-leading free cash flow generation."