Eric Foss is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $15 billion global provider of food, facilities and uniform services. The company employs 270,000 people and provides award-winning services wherever people work, learn, play and recover in 22 countries worldwide. Aramark clients include leading organizations spanning universities, colleges and school districts, healthcare institutions, municipalities, stadiums and arenas, and businesses.
Under Foss' leadership, the company is poised for sustainable growth through driving new business generation and geographic expansion while improving profitability by establishing a repeatable business model through the global enterprise. Since Foss was named President and CEO in 2012, Aramark has recorded consistent growth in sales, new business and adjusted net income and operating margins. He also led the company's successful return to the New York Stock Exchange in December 2013. Aramark is recognized among the "Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE and the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute. In February 2015, Foss was elected Chairman of the Aramark Board of Directors, assuming the new title of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Aramark, Foss served as Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), the world's largest bottler of Pepsi-Cola beverages which manufactured, sold and distributed products in the U.S. and six other countries. Foss was named CEO and elected to the PBG Board of Directors in 2006 and elevated to PBG's Chairman in 2008. He participated in the successful process of taking PBG public in 1999. Foss oversaw PBG's acquisition by PepsiCo in 2010, which brought outstanding value to PBG shareholders, and then led the integration of the business within the corporation serving as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo's Pepsi Beverages Company.
Throughout his career with Aramark, PBG and PepsiCo, Foss has established a strong track record of generating profitable growth through integrated strategies and consistent execution that meets or exceeds financial commitments. Foss has led global teams to successfully build leading brands through a 'frontline first' mindset while achieving broad-based productivity gains.
Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ball State University, and as an active alumnae was honored with the Miller College of Business Award of Distinction. Foss serves on the Board of Directors of Aramark, Cigna, UDR, Inc., Catalyst, the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. His passion for sports led to an ownership position he holds as a principal investor in the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Kansas City Royals and winners of the AAA National Championship in 2013. He is the father of three daughters, Laura, Elizabeth and Kathryn, and resides with his family in Philadelphia, PA and Ridgefield, CT.