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Donald M. Kendall

Arguably the most important man in the history of Pepsi Cola other than Caleb Bradham himself.  He has been called  “History’s greatest Pepsi Cola salesman.”   Kendall was a early self starter, played tackle on his College team, decorated twice with the Navy's Distinguished Flying Cross during World WarII.  Married the daughter of the base commander. In fact it was the commander who asked Walter Mack to see if he could a place for him in the expanding Pepsi Cola Company.  So in 1947 he joined the firm with a 40 dollar a week job selling fountain syrup in New York. In 1957 after only 10 years with the company he became President of Pepsi Cola International.

In 1959 Pepsi Cola was one of 200 companies represented in Moscow at the American Exposition.  Donald Kendall had set his sights on placing a bottle of Pepsi in the hands of Nikita Krushchev the Soviet Primere. With a little help from a former Pepsi lawyer now Vice President Richard M Nixon, he did just that.  Pepsi became a instant hit with Russians.   Pepsi-Cola was the first foreign consumer product to be sold in the USSR.  The number of countries in which Pepsi-Cola was available more than doubled and sales tripled under his leadership and included the Peoples Republic of China.

Mr. Kendall became Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola Company in 1963. He also added new products, such as Diet Pepsi-Cola and Mountain Dew. 

In 1965 Mr. Kendall engineered the merger that brought Pepsi-Cola Company together with Frito-Lay to create PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Kendall was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the new company. He was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1971, a position he held until his retirement.

Mr. Kendall’s dedication also extends to the arts.  In 1970, when PepsiCo decided to move its headquarters from Manhattan to Purchase, N.Y., about an hour from the city on the site of the old Blind Brook Polo club, the company’s chief executive, Donald M. Kendall, sought to create an atmosphere of stability, creativity and experimentation. He envisioned as essential to that ambience a museum without walls, where works of art could be enjoyed by the employees, the community and the public.  

The new Pepsico  headquarters in Westchester County, also became home to the Donald M Kenall Sculpture Gardens, they feature 45 sculptures by some of the best-known artists of the 20th century. The grounds themselves are 168 acres of green lawns, trees, ponds, fountains, and landscaped gardens with a topiary, well-tended hedges, flower beds and water-lily ponds. The  sculptures Mr. Kendall himself selected are strategically placed along this colorful backdrop.
 

A native of Sequim, Washington, Mr. Kendall attended Western Kentucky State College. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida; an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; and a Doctor of Law from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Mr. Kendall also received Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York; Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York; the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase; and Long Island University, Brookville, New York.

 

 

 

 


 


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