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The CEO Sessions - Ben Fanning EPISODE 36, 16th March 2021
David Lapp, PepsiCo Chief Supply Chain Officer - Leading by Listening
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David Lapp, PepsiCo Chief Supply Chain Officer - Leading by Listening

Dave Lapp is Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for PepsiCo Beverages North America.  PepsiCo’s beverage business of iconic brands includes Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Mountain Dew, LIFEWTR, Starbucks ready-to-drink coffee, and Pure Leaf. 

Dave is a 33-year veteran of PepsiCo. In his current role, Dave is accountable for leading the end-to-end supply chain operations and strategy for PBNA across the U.S. and Canada. 

Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis. .

David on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-lapp-5104855a/


  • David’s path to the C-Suite.
  • Advice David would give his younger self.
  • The pro’s and con’s of staying with one company for 33 years
  • “Bleeding Blue”.
  • Why tracking the cost of turnover is one of the most important things you can do.
  • David’s legacy at PepsiCo and how he thinks of measuring it.
  • How to build your team.
  • How to conduct a job interview to assess if they’re the right fit.
  • 3 keys for getting to the C-Suite
  • The career risk that David took led to his growth and success.
  • His secret to managing a global team.
  • The one trait he wishes you could instill in every employee.
  • How employees can more effectively communicate their idea to the C-suite.
  • How to help your teammates who face burnout…especially during the Pandemic.
  • His leadership strategies to connect your team while they are remote.  
  • What fuels David’s motivation.
  • How he took the team from last to first.
  • How creating a friendly competition within a team creates focus and motivation.
  • David’s time as a collegiate athlete, and how it informed his leadership.
  • Book recommendations for someone in the C-Suite or who is on a mission to get there.
  • The simple tool that’s helped Dave achieve success.


Questions Dave asks when hiring new people:

  • What challenges will the company be facing in the future?
  • What unique skills and capabilities are you going to need?
  • How best can we attract those talents to our company?


“Tap into what your employees are dealing with every day and eliminate the articles.”

“We give our leaders both tremendous autonomy and big responsibility.”

“We spend so much time attracting the best talent; when we lose them we take it as a personal setback.”

“You lose high performance when you have high turnover.”

“The biggest focus is to prevent turnover in the first place.”

“Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to have all the answers. It’s powerful to ask others ‘how would you approach this.”

“When you hire, start by thinking of the future.”

“To be really productive, you must teach people to reflectively listen.”

When it comes to helping with burnout…”It’s our job as leaders to stay connected and address it early.”

“We all (as leaders), have a role to coach, teach, and motivate our teams to help them reach their potential.”


The Game of Work, Charles Coonradt https://www.amazon.com/Game-Work-Charles-Coonradt/dp/1423630858 

The Wealthy Barber, David Chilton https://www.amazon.com/Wealthy-Barber-Updated-3rd-Commonsense/dp/0761513116