René Lammers, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Global Beverages R&D

René Lammers is senior vice president, Global Beverages R&D for PepsiCo, leading product and packaging development efforts for some of the world’s leading refreshment beverage brands including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mirinda and the ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees sold through PepsiCo’s joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.

René joined PepsiCo in January 2011.  Prior to his current role, he led PepsiCo’s Research program worldwide and served as Chief Operating Officer for the global R&D team, overseeing Food Safety, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, and Nutrition.  René has more than 20 years of R&D experience in the CPG industry.  Prior to joining PepsiCo, he worked at Unilever in various senior R&D positions across its home and personal care portfolio.  He has lived in the UK, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Thailand and is currently based in Purchase, NY.

René has held various Board Memberships including those of European and Dutch industry associations related to the Home and Personal Care industry as well as the European Chemical Industry.  He also served as a member of the GMA’s Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Executive Committee.  Recently, he joined the New York Hall of Science as a Board Member.

René received his Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delft in The Netherlands.  He is lives in Connecticut with his wife Louise and their two sons Ryan (17) and Kai (15).