PepsiCo’s global head of Philanthropy takes on mantle as PepsiCo Foundation’s president

By Gill Hyslop

- Last updated on GMT

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CD Glin

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CD Glin – to whom we spoke to in January about his urgency to maximise efforts to bring about change and his love of South Africa – has been appointed president of PepsiCo Foundation.

Glin is stepping into the leadership role to oversee the Foundation’s strategic direction to address food insecurity, access to safe water and economic opportunities for underserved communities.

The philanthropist has already been very instrumental in his role as VP of the Foundation.

“In recent years, we’ve seen significant events including the pandemic, conflict and natural disasters, which have created an abundance of need across the globe,”​ said Roberto Azevedo, chairman of the PepsiCo Foundation and chief corporate affairs officer for PepsiCo.

“Through CD’s leadership, the PepsiCo Foundation has helped the company meet these moments through a focus on impacting communities, engaging employees and driving corporate purpose and responsibility.”

He will also remain as global head of philanthropy for PepsiCo, reporting to Azevedo.

Working to bring about real change

BakeryandSnacks chatted to CD Glin ​at the beginning of the year about the snacking giant’s ramped up efforts to encourage the industry to bring about real change. He also reminisced on his time spent in South Africa as part of the Peace Corp.

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Glin joined the PepsiCo Foundation in 2021 and has been involved in the rollout and growth of various philanthropic initiatives, including the $18.2m Care partnership: She Feeds the World project,​ which already works closely with female farmers in Peru, Egypt and Uganda, and plans to expand to Thailand and Vietnam.

He also oversaw the launch of the Black Restaurant Accelerator programme and the IMPACTO Hispanic Business Accelerator, which together have invested $20m over the next five years to provide 1,000 Black and Hispanic restaurant and foodservice operators with capital, technical assistance and mentorship services. These programmes, along with the Foundation’s $40m Community College scholarships, are cornerstones of PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey. 

Long lasting community impact

“During these challenging times, I’ve been energised and inspired by our incredible associates our commitment to community as a global company operating locally to positively impact people and the planet,”​ said Glin.

“I look forward to continuing my work as president of the Foundation and ensuring we deliver lasting community impact as one of world's leading food and beverage companies.”

“I’m so grateful to work with so many incredible and committed colleagues … teamwork does indeed make the dream work! Excited about this next chapter as PepsiCo and the Foundation will take our efforts to another level as we continue to feed potential and deliver lasting impact to people and the planet,”​ he added on LinkedIn.

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