Brenda C. Barnes

Peterson, Kathryn
June 2004
Crain's Chicago Business;6/7/2004, Vol. 27 Issue 23, pW63
Chief operating officer of Sara Lee Corp. Brenda C. Barnes raised eyebrows in 1998 when she quit her $2-million-a-year job as head of PepsiCo Inc.'s North America beverage business to spend more time with her three sons. ¶ At the time, she was one of the highest-ranking women in corporate America.On July 1, 2004, Barnes becomes the No. 2 executive at Chicago food and apparel conglomerate Sara Lee Corp. With her family now established near Chicago and her eldest thinking of college, Barnes has confessed to feeling restless.


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