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About Steven S. Reinemund

Portrait of Steven Reinemund 

Professional Career

Steve retired from PepsiCo in 2007 and served as dean of business at Wake Forest University from July 2008 to June 2014. Currently, Steve is a managing partner of Highline Group. Steve was selected to serve on Chick-fil-A’s first Board of Directors in 2015.

During his tenure as dean, the school transformed the approach to business education by integrating the undergraduate and graduate faculties, focusing on career development, emphasizing leadership and ethics, championing diversity and raising the level of excellence in teaching.

Under Steve’s leadership, $74 million was raised for the School of Business, and student enrollment increased 50%. Farrell Hall, the new business school building, was designed and completed. A building was also constructed for the Charlotte campus.

Steve retired from PepsiCo as chairman in 2007. During his tenure as CEO from 2001 to 2006, revenue grew by $9 billion, net income rose 70% and PepsiCo’s market cap exceeded $100 billion for the first time. His 23 years of service at PepsiCo were marked by what Businessweek called “constant innovation and savvy moves.” He was twice named to Barron’s “World’s Most Respected CEO List” and to Businessweek’s “Top 25 Managers of the Year” in 2002 and 2005.

Steve is currently a member of the boards of directors of ExxonMobil, Marriott and Walmart. Steve also serves on the board of directors at the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and on the board of governors of The Center For Creative Leadership.

From 2005 to 2007, Steve was chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He has also served on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army and the board of the National Council of La Raza.

Steve graduated from the Naval Academy in 1970 and served five years as a Marine Corps officer. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Johnson and Wales University and Bryant University.

Steve and his wife, Gail, have four children and four granddaughters.