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leadership_michael_white_thumbMichael D. White is the former president, chairman and chief executive officer of DIRECTV, a world-leading provider of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV provides digital television service to 19.4 million customers in the United States and 9.5 million customers in Latin America.

White joined DIRECTV in January 2010 and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. As president, chairman and CEO of DIRECTV, he oversees the operations and strategic direction of DIRECTV, Inc. in the U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America.

Before joining DIRECTV, White led PepsiCo International as chief executive officer and as vice chairman of PepsiCo from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that role, White served as president and chief executive officer of Frito-Lay’s Europe, Africa and Middle East division. He also served as chief executive officer of Snack Ventures Europe, PepsiCo’s partnership with General Mills International.

From 1998 to 2000, White served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo. Before this, White held several senior level positions throughout the company including executive vice president and chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola Company worldwide, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Frito-Lay International, and chief financial officer of Frito-Lay North America. He joined Frito-Lay in 1990 as vice president of planning.

Before joining PepsiCo, White was senior vice president and general manager for Avon Products, Inc. He also worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen & Co.

White holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He was a Ford Foundation fellow at Leningrad State University. In addition to serving on the DIRECTV Board of Directors, White is also a director of Whirlpool Corp.

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