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Top HR Pro at PepsiCo Shares Her Pandemic Experience, Advice for New HR Pros

Source | | James Davis | Editor, HR Daily Advisor

Since the pandemic began, I’ve been wondering how HR personnel at large organizations have handled themselves, especially those who have a full complement of remote and frontline employees. It’s my pleasure to share with you all today a recent interview with Andrea Ferrara, CHRO for PepsiCo Beverages North America at PepsiCo.

I’ve been looking through your bio, and I couldn’t help but notice that you’ve been with PepsiCo pretty much your entire career, huh?

 Yes, I have spent my entire career at PepsiCo.

That is a little unusual, but it also says a lot. What were you thinking when you got into PepsiCo in the first place?

I get asked this question a lot. I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania, heavily influenced by labor which served as the impetus for studying labor economics in college. I was recruited by PepsiCo as a campus hire upon earning my Masters degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.  From the minute I arrived at PepsiCo, the thing that was most magical was the degree of accountability and autonomy you get as an employee. Of course, it’s within a scope you can handle, but I always felt challenged, valued, and connected to the values of the organization which has carried me through the past 30 years of my career in different roles and in different parts of the world.  

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