Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter - R&D Leader

Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter

Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter is an innovative, business, brand and consumer focused R&D Leader with an extensive track record of identifying, developing and commercializing sustainable and large innovation platforms across many foods, beverages, and non-food FMCG categories. She has deep and broad scientific and technical experience in more than 10 different consumer goods categories which have driven impressive, sustainable business results. Her R&D and Innovation responsibilities have spanned across the US, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Her leadership and business experience ranges from small entrepreneurial family owned companies to large global corporations.

Prior to her retirement from PepsiCo, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter served as Senior Vice President Global R&D and reported to PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman of the Board and CSO.

Before joining PepsiCo, Dr. Kleinbach-Sauter served as SVP for Altria. She also served as SVP of R&D at Sara Lee Food and Beverage and Foodservice USA, and as VP of R&D for Sara Lee Coffee and Tea based in The Netherlands. Additionally, she led R&D, Quality Management and Scientific and Regulatory affairs for the Friesland Campina Group and the Müller Dairy Group in Germany and Europe.

She is a non-Executive Board member at Chr. Hansen A/S Denmark, a publicly listed company and global leader in the Bioscience industry and a non-Executive Board member at publicly listed Royal Unibrew A/S Denmark. She serves as advisor and shareholder to Step 1 Recovery Centre in Moraira, Spain.

Heidi served as founding chair and co-chair of several organizations with focus on attracting young talent into a STEM education and has been named one of “The Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM”.