Speakers Profile - Gordon Cairns










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Gordon Cairns is a Celt, born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with an M.A. honours degree in English.

He started work in Marketing, for the pet food division of Nestle, followed by selling and marketing chocolate bars for Cadbury. Moving up the food chain, he was Sales and Marketing Director for the Snack food division of Imperial Foods, before accepting a position with the largest Snack food company in the world, Frito Lay. Based at their headquarters in Dallas, Texas, he spent 12 months as International Director of Marketing.

He was then posted to Australia, as Managing Director of their Snack food business, where he spent 5 wonderful years. In 1993 he agreed to return to England, to serve as Frito Lay's Chief Financial Officer for Europe. For family reasons, he requested a move back to Australia, and in 1994 PepsiCo appointed him Operations Director of KFC, followed by Managing Director for Australia, NZ and RSA. This was followed by 18 months as the MD of Pepsi Cola Australia.

After 10 years with PepsiCo, 3 continents, and more houses than he cares to remember, he decided to settle permanently in Australia, resigned and joined Lion Nathan, initially as the MD of their Australian beer business, and then as CEO for the last 7 fantastic years until