Brown, 42, is Senior Vice President, Business Operations of Google Inc., a position she has held since 2006. From 2003 to 2006 she served as Vice President, Business Operations of Google Inc., where she led internal business operations and people operations. From October 1995 to August 2003, Brown was at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, where she had been a partner since December 2000.
Brown has a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada and a master's degree in economics and philosophy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She received her Ph.D. and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. She is a director of the following non-profit organizations: San Francisco Jazz Organization, The Bridgespan Group, and the Exploratorium.
Brown's election to the board is effective March 20, 2009, and she will participate as a member of the Board's Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
The election of Brown to PepsiCo's board brings the total number of independent directors to 11. In addition, the board has two inside directors, Indra Nooyi, the company's chairman and chief executive officer and Mike White, vice chairman of PepsiCo and chief executive officer of PepsiCo International, for a total of 13 directors.