Brenda C. Barnes is the president, chairman and chief executive of Sara Lee, and previously was the first female CEO of PepsiCo. She has been listed in Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women since 2004, appearing in the top ten in 2005 and 2006.
In July 2004, she became President and COO of Sara Lee Corp.. In February 2005, she became President and CEO of Sara Lee, and in October 2005, Chairman and CEO. While there, Barnes moved Sara Lee’s headquarters out of downtown Chicago to suburban Downers Grove.
Barnes is or has been on the board of directors of Avon Products, Inc., Augustana College (Trustees, chair), Grocery Manufacturers Association, LucasFilm, Ltd., The New York Times Company, PepsiAmericas, Inc., Sara Lee Corporation, Sears, Roebuck & Co., Staples, Inc.. She has also been on the steering Committee of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women, Northwestern University.