Wilson Center Experts
Jose Luis Prado
Jose Luis Prado is president, Quaker Foods North America, a division of PepsiCo. Prado assumed this role in 2011, and is also responsible for leading PepsiCo's Global Baking Center of Excellence and Innovation Center, which develops and supports baked projects companywide. Quaker is an important better for you brand within PepsiCo’s global growth strategy and is one of the 12 global iconic brands PepsiCo is investing in. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $65 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
As a 28-year veteran of the company, Jose began his career in PepsiCo Mexico Foods, and has served in a variety of positions, including president, Frito-Lay Snacks Caribbean; president, PepsiCo Snacks Argentina/Uruguay; Frito Lay Area Vice president for Andean and South Cone Frito-Lay International (FLI); and most recently as president, Gamesa-Quaker Mexico. In Mexico, Prado oversaw over $1B in sales and led the integration of Quaker into Latin America as a result of PepsiCo’s merger with Quaker Oats. Before joining PepsiCo, Jose worked for Grupo Desc in Mexico, a subsidiary of Monsanto. He is based in Chicago.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the Polytechnical Institute, Mexico City, a Master of Science (Information Systems) from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a Master of Business Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey.