Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter

Board member

  • Born 1956
  • German and US national
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2017
  • Member of the Scientific Committee
  • Independent board member

Present managerial positions:

Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter served as Senior Vice President of Global R&D of PepsiCo (until retiring in November 2017). Further, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter is the founding chair of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Innovation Taskforce and the Global STEM Talent Initiative, STEMconnector, Washington D.C., US, as well as Senior Advisor for Global Affairs for STEMconnector.

Board competencies:

More than 25 years of innovation and R&D experience across a broad range of categories within the CPG (consumer packaged goods) food and beverage industry in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Founding Chair of several councils, including from listed companies. Experience as a member of the Advisory Committee of Northern Seed Montana LCC, US.

Education:

Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter holds a degree as European Quality Manager and Auditor from the German Society of Quality Management. Further, she holds a BS, an MS and a PhD in Food Science and Food Technology from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, and is a graduate of the General Management Program from Harvard Business School, US.

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