The 10th Annual CFO Forum

Hugh F. Johnston, '87

Vice Chairman & Chief Financial Officer
PepsiCo, Inc.

Hugh F. Johnston

Hugh Johnston is executive vice president and CFO of PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands which generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola, are known throughout the world.

Johnston assumed this role in March 2010 and is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership for PepsiCo, including ensuring the company's strategy creates shareholder value, communicating the company's strategies and performance to investors, and implementing capital structure, financial processes, and controls to support the company's growth and return on investment goals. He is also responsible for PepsiCo's global e-commerce and Quaker Foods North America businesses.
Johnston joined PepsiCo in 1987 and has served in a variety of positions, including executive vice president, global operations, PepsiCo; president, Pepsi-Cola North America; senior vice president, transformation, PepsiCo; senior vice president and CFO, PepsiCo beverages and foods; and senior vice president, mergers and acquisitions, PepsiCo.

Johnston is active with a number of corporate, NGO, and academic organizations. He serves as a director of AOL, Inc., where he chairs the audit and finance committee, and is a member of the Systemic Risk Council, an independent group of experts committed to addressing regulatory and structural issues relating to systemic financial risk in the United States. He is also a director for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the leading global economic think tank; the University of Chicago Booth School of Business CFO Advisory Board; Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management Advisory Council; and the College of New Rochelle's Board of Trustees and finance and investment committee. Additionally, he is a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and The Wall Street Journal CFO Network.

Johnston previously served as vice-chair and director of the American Beverage Association and director of Pepsi Bottling Group. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Finance.
Johnston has a strong, personal commitment to diversity including previously serving as executive sponsor of PepsiCo EQUAL (PepsiCo's employee diversity network that provides education, resources, and support for the LGBT community and its allies), and on the Board of Junior Achievement of Chicago.

Johnston holds a BS from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is based in Purchase, New York.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • Noon · Buffet Luncheon
  • 12:30 pm · Opening Keynote Session
  • 1:45 pm · Breakout Sessions
  • 2:45 pm · Break
  • 3:00 pm · Faculty Session / CFO Panel
  • 4:00 pm · Break
  • 4:15 pm · Closing Keynote or Faculty Session
  • 5:00 pm · Cocktail Reception