Bio

Steve Reinemund is Executive in Residence at Wake Forest University, assuming these responsibilities on July 1, 2014.

Previously, Steve served as Dean of Business at Wake Forest University, and Professor of Leadership and Strategy from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2014. During his tenure as dean, he led the integration of the undergraduate and business schools at Wake Forest University, and then their physical unification in Farrell Hall, which opened on the Winston-Salem campus in Fall 2013. Additionally, he oversaw the move of our Charlotte MBA programs into the new WFU Charlotte Center in Uptown in 2012.

Creating a sustainable financial model, developing an inclusive culture in and out of the classroom and adopting a global mindset with a focus on market-ready skills for our graduates will be part of his legacy.

Steve retired as Chairman of the Board of PepsiCo, Inc. in May 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer in October 2006. He is a 23-year PepsiCo veteran who led the corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive from 2001 to 2006. During that period, PepsiCo’s revenues increased by more than $9 billion, net income increased by 70%, earnings per share increased by 80%, its annual dividend doubled and the company’s market capitalization surpassed $100 billion. In addition to the growth of the company, Steve’s legacy includes a commitment to health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership.

Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of American Express, ExxonMobil, Walmart and Marriott. From 2005 to 2007, Steve was chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army from 1990 to 1999, and he was chairman of this board from 1996 to 1999. Steve also served on the board of The National Council of La Raza from 1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from 1992 to 1996.

Education

  • MBA, University of Virginia — 1978
  • BS, United States Naval Academy — 1970

Honors

  • 2007: Honorary doctorate degree, Bryant University
  • 1992: Honorary doctorate degree, Johnson and Wales University