Pepsi Executive Talks Business with DelVal Students

Nov 03, 2008

Delaware Valley College recently hosted Charles J. Alpuche, senior vice president, Supply Chain Operations for Pepsi Cola, North America, as the Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence.

The Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence (EIR) Program was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to Delaware Valley College. While on campus, Alpuche visited with students in several business classes, and met with several of the college's business-related clubs.

Alpuche is a 1981 graduate of Delaware Valley College. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and later pursued a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Delaware Valley College, Alpuche played one year of professional football with the Detroit Lions before a knee injury ended his career.

He joined Pepsi Cola in February 1982 as a production supervisor trainee in the Philadelphia manufacturing facility. He held a number of operational manager positions in Philadelphia before moving to Newport News, Virginia as a production manager and then plant operations manager. He then moved to headquarters in Somers, N.Y., in 1990 as manager, Operations Training and then director, Process Improvement.

After a variety of headquarters assignments in North America, Alpuche moved to the Pepsi Cola International Division of PepsiCo, where he was vice president, Concentrate Operations, Americas/Asia and moved to his current role in October 2005.

Pepsi Cola International is in 195 countries throughout the world and is a division of the PepsiCo Corporation. PepsiCo also consists of Pepsi Cola North America, Frito Lay, Tropicana Juice, Quaker and Gatorade Companies. Pepsi Cola North America manufactures and distributes such brands as Pepsi Cola, Mt. Dew, Aquafina, Lipton Ice Tea, SoBe, Tropicana and Dole Bottled Juices, Starbucks Frappuccino and Double Shot, Ethos and many other leading brands.

The EIR program's founder, Thomas W. Watson, a graduate of the DelVal class of 1957 and former chief growth officer of Omnicom Group, Inc., values the learning that happens in the classroom and understands the world experience an Executive-in-Residence can bring to a classroom discussion, public lecture or workshop for students, enhancing the overall learning environment. Interacting with a Watson Executive-in-Residence offers DelVal students a chance to learn about the current trends, ideas and emerging issues influencing the world economy in a variety of industries and provides networking opportunities.

In addition to learning about a particular business or industry, students gain added insight when Watson Executive-in-Residence speakers share their own personal career stories and executive skills development.

Past Executive-in-Residence have included: Pamela Sander, president of Zumbro River Brand Inc., a contract food manufacturer; Howard Stoeckel, chief executive officer of Wawa, Inc.; JM Herr, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Herr Foods Inc., makers of snack foods including potato chips, pretzels and corn chips; and Phillip Clemens, chairman and chief executive officer of the Clemens Family Corporation and chairman, chief executive officer and board member of Clemens company subsidiaries including Hatfield Quality Meats and Wild Bill's Foods, among others.