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
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.