Canadian Vending

New president for Pepsico Foods Canada

July 15, 2019
By Canadian Vending
Cara Keating Image courtesy of Pepsico Foods Canada

PepsiCo Canada announced two significant leadership changes in its PepsiCo Foods Canada business: Jason McDonell, who has been the president since 2015, is leaving the company to pursue an opportunity outside PepsiCo as of July 26, 2019. 

Cara Keating, currently vice president of Customer Development, has been promoted to President.
Jason has been with PepsiCo for 21 years.  He has a wealth of knowledge in general management, sales and marketing from his roles in PepsiCo’s businesses in Canada and the United States. In these roles, he worked on some of the company’s biggest brands, Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos, and led initiatives that drove growth and profitability with key customers in Canada and the United States. 

As the Chief Marketing Officer for PepsiCo Foods Canada, he led the team to deliver strong innovation results, and to implement the Canadian snacking demand moments approach, which transformed how the company markets some of Canada’s most loved food brands.  Subsequently Jason moved to an operating field assignment as GM Field Sales leading the Ontario Area before becoming the VP/GM Field Sales for Canada, where he was responsible for the DSD Go-To-Market, Foodservice and the Ontario, Quebec/Atlantic and West regions of Canada. 

As President, Jason and his leadership team rolled out the Lean Forward to 2020 mindset and behaviours and led the company through a significant cultural and business transformation.
Cara has been with PepsiCo for 15 years and has a wealth of critical experiences in account management, customer insights, and field and customer leadership roles. Cara joined PepsiCo in 2004 and held roles of increasing responsibility in the Western Canada market, before moving to Toronto for a number of roles including Director of Business Development and Senior Director of Sales Strategy, Planning and Insights. 

After her promotion to Ontario area vice president in 2015, Cara led the team to back to back PFC Pingel Award wins in 2015 and 2016 for the top-performing Frito Lay Canada geography. 

Cara is a talented people leader and passionate supporter of PepsiCo’s diversity and engagement agenda. Cara led PepsiCo Canada’s Women’s Inclusion Network Employee Resource Group (ERG) for three years and expanded its scope across PepsiCo Canada, which was recognized with the prestigious PepsiCo Global Harvey C. Russell Diversity and Inclusion award in 2016. 

As a member of the Forward Together Board of Directors, Cara is a valued contributor to this industry-leading annual professional development event for 200+ women. In recognition of these efforts, Cara was honoured with a 2017 Star Women in Grocery award from Canadian Grocer Magazine.
“Cara’s deep experience in account and field management and customer insights, and her extensive knowledge of the Canadian customer and consumer landscape will be integral in continuing our growth momentum at PFC,” said Jason McDonell, President, PepsiCo Foods Canada in a press release. “I’m confident that Cara will be very successful in bringing the next chapter of PepsiCo Foods Canada to life.”