PepsiCo confirmed his loss of life on a memorial web page, which signifies he served because the CEO of each Pepsi-Cola and PepsiCo for 23 years. The corporate mentioned he retired in 1986, however was “a trusted advisor and advocate for PepsiCo leaders, serving the corporate a complete of 39 years throughout his extraordinary life.”
Kendall’s household mentioned in a information launch that he died Saturday.
“All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall,” mentioned PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon L. Laguarta in a press release. “Don was the architect of the PepsiCo household. He was relentless about rising our enterprise, a fearless chief, and the last word salesman.”
The corporate mentioned that Kendall and Herman Lay organized the deal to merge Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay in 1965, creating the “modern-day” PepsiCo. He was a long-time good friend of former US President Richard Nixon, based on the corporate.