Christopher A. Sinclair
|Born||September 5, 1950|
|Occupation||Retired Chairman & CEO Pepsi-Cola Company|
Christopher "Chris" A. Sinclair (September 5, 1950-) is an American businessman. He is the executive chairman and CEO of Cambridge Solutions Ltd. the second largest BPO/IT company in the world. He is also the founder and chairman of Scandent Group, the privately owned holding company which owns Cambridge Solutions Ltd.
Scandent Group owners and investors include: Sinclair, Edgar Bronfman, Sr. (fmr. chairman of Vivendi Universal and Seagram Company Ltd.), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (CEO of Warner Music Group), Philip H. Geier, Jr. (fmr. chairman of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.), and Rajat Gupta (fmr. worldwide head of McKinsey & Company).
Sinclair was born in Hong Kong, and spent his childhood in Bombay, India, where he was educated at the Kodaikanal International School. Sinclair’s father was president of Esso Oil’s (now Exxon Mobil) international operations. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Kansas, and an M.B.A. from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega.
Sinclair was chairman and chief executive officer of the Pepsi-Cola Company, as well as CEO of PepsiCo Foods and Beverages International for the majority of his career. He became CEO of Pepsi International in 1989 until his promotion in 1993 to run worldwide operations for the food and beverage maker. Sinclair spent nearly 20 years at PepsiCo, which includes Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, and Gatorade. He was Pepsi's go-to guy in the international "cola wars". It was under Sinclair's watch that Pepsi famously entered India, and he is also behind recruiting PepsiCo's next CEO Indra Nooyi. Sinclair led the global success of the PepsiCo brands in building significant shareholder value, creating enduring consumer franchise and increasing market share. He retired from PepsiCo and the board of directors in 1996 due to frequent tavel and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Since his tenure at PepsiCo, Sinclair has served as CEO of Quality Food, Inc. (NYSE), a U.S. west coast supermarket chain backed by billionaire Samuel Zell’s Equity Group. After 18-months, Quality Food expanded rapidly and was successfully sold to Fred Meyer, Inc., which is now owned by The Kroger Co. More recently, Sinclair led the financial restructuring of Caribiner International, Inc. (NYSE) as chairman and CEO of this Warburg Pincus sponsored global business communications company. As well, he has served as a partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, a private equity firm.
Sinclair currently serves as a board member of numerous public and private companies, including: Cambridge Soultions Ltd., eMerge Interative, Inc., Foot Locker, Inc., Mattel, Inc., and Scandent Group Holdings. He is a former director of F.W. Woolworth Company, Merisant Company, PepsiCo, Inc., and Perdue Farms, Inc. Sinclair has also served as a trustee at Brunswick School, Vermont Academy, and on the Board of Overseers at the Tuck School of Business Administration. Sinclair, a generous philanthropist, has given millions of dollars to charitable organizations and educational institutions. Along with the PepsiCo Foundation, Sinclair has given more than $1 million to Dartmouth College, where they named one of their dining hall's in his honor in 1995. He currently serves on the Parents' Board at Wake Forest University.
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