PepsiCo Canada leadership shuffle, as Robert Foy retires

Patrick Charbonneau and Eric Smith take on new roles.
Michelle Warren
Editor & Associate Publisher, Convenience Store News Canada + OCTANE
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Robert Foy

PepsiCo Canada is announcing several leadership changes in the wake of Robert Foy's retirement.

After almost 33 years with the business, Robert Foy, vice-president of foodservice for PepsiCo Canada, is retiring. He started with the company in 1990 as a foodservice sales rep with Quaker Canada, climbing the ranks within the Quaker Business before joining Frito-Lay when PepsiCo Canada acquired Quaker. Most recently, Foy oversaw the management of PepsiCo's foodservice business across Canada.

“He helped facilitate strong customer relationships which extended into robust partnerships across PepsiCo’s portfolio. Robert’s contributions go beyond delivering consistent results. He helped foster a human-centric culture focused on mentorship, inclusivity and allyship. PepsiCo Canada congratulates Robert on his well-deserved retirement,” the company said in a statement.

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Patrick Charbonneau

Patrick Charbonneau, most recently VP of field sales for PepsiCo Beverages Canada, will succeed Foy as general manager, VP, foodservice. 

On LinkedIn he wrote: "Thank you, Robert, for paving the way. You have left an incredible legacy of valued partnerships and strong customer relationships nationwide. I appreciate the time you’ve dedicated to coaching the team and ensuring that the business was set up for success when your retirement came. I look forward to continuing your legacy and elevating our foodservice business coast to coast."

Charbonneau joined PepsiCo Canada in 1997 and has held progressive roles on both the food and beverage sides of the business. 

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Eric Smith

In turn, Eric Smith, formerly senior director of field sales for Ontario, becomes VP of field sales for PepsiCo Beverages Canada. Smith joined the company in 2007. 

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