PMMI Podcast

Episode #100 - PepsiCo Empowers Next Gen Workforce

Guest: Pat Finlay, R&D Sr. Director, Global Beverages Packaging at PepsiCo

The answer to how to solve the packaging and processing workforce crisis often remains incomplete. PepsiCo, the largest food company in the U.S., is doing its part to tackle workforce issues head-on, sponsoring many programs targeting the next generation of workers, like PACK EXPO’s PACK Challenge. PepsiCo R&D Sr. Director, Global Beverages Packaging Pat Finlay joins the unPACKed podcast to discuss additional PepsiCo work, like the Million-Girl Moonshot to engage one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities and direct initiatives with SWE, Society of Women Engineers and NSBE, the National Society of Black Engineers.


Pat Finlay

Pat Finlay
Pat Finlay

Pat Finlay leads PepsiCo’s International Beverages packaging team responsible for all beverages packaging activities outside of North America. Pat’s team is comprised of Packaging Engineers located across PepsiCo’s global sectors.

Prior to his current role, Pat led PepsiCo’s International Beverages packaging team, as well as North America Technical Brand Stewardship, Global Packaging labs and Digital Process Transformation teams. 

Pat has been with Pepsi 23 years and has worked in various Packaging R&D groups including: North America Beverages (NAB), Pepsi Int’l, Advanced Research, North America Coffee Partnership, NAB Hydration and the Pepsi/Lipton JV.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Pat spent nearly 10 years at Amcor Rigid Plastics, where he was a member of the Corporate R&D organization as Director of Applications Engineering.

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