Patrick McLaughlin is a 20-year veteran of PepsiCo, Inc., with a broad range
of leadership experience in beverages and foods. In 2008, McLaughlin joined
Pepsi-Cola North America to lead the human relations function through the
acquisition of its two largest bottlers—a $7.8 billion transaction that made
Pepsi the largest food and beverage company in North America, doubled the
employee population in the United States and Canada, and increased worldwide
sales to $66 billion.
Before joining PepsiCo, McLaughlin worked for Exxon USA based in New
Orleans and developed his HR acumen in organizational development, labor,
and HR generalist roles. PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN
BA 1988, MA 1991, Brian Lamb
School of Communication
Susan McNab has served as a corporate officer at various companies for
more than 30 years. She directed human resources and public relations in the
acquisition of three companies and the sale of two, affecting a total of 8,000
employees. Most recently, she served as the vice president and chief human
resources officer at PEMCO Financial Services in Seattle. Prior to her time
with PEMCO, she was the vice president for people services and community
partnerships for Starbucks and Seattle Coffee Company from 2001 to 2005.
McNab received her MA in counseling and personnel administration from the
University of Maryland. She earned her MBA with an emphasis on finance and
management from the University of Puget Sound. She also received her DBA
with an emphasis on strategy and innovation from Capella University and
an HCEO Certificate from the Marshall School of Business at the University of
BA 1971, Sociology
Kim Koeller is the managing director of Horizon Group International. She leads
growth and innovation projects from strategy to execution for cross-industry
clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups and midsize businesses to Fortune
500 multinational corporations. In addition, Koeller established Gluten & Allergy
Free Passport in order to foster global social change for gluten-free diets, celiac
disease, and food allergies. Prior to that, Koeller was a partner with Accenture
in the global customer relationship management line of business.
Koeller is the creator of multiple award-winning books and mobile apps
as well as a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.
She holds an MBA in international management from Thunderbird School
of Global Management.
BA 1979, French
Photos on facing page, top to bottom: Student hosts Allison Wong (BA 2017, Philosophy/History) and Mayesha Choudhury (BA 2017, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) greet guests to the awards banquet. The 2017 Outstanding Seniors pose with David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal
Arts, and Bridget Williams Golden, vice president and treasurer of the Liberal Arts Alumni Board. Joshua Boyd, associate professor in the Brian Lamb
School of Communication, presents the Outstanding Senior Award to Jessica Peine (BA 2017, Brian Lamb School of Communication). The evening’s
entertainment was provided by student performers from Purdue’s Black Voices of Inspiration. Kayleigh Zeeff (BA 2017, Spanish/Linguistics) poses with her
family and Madeleine M. Henry, head and professor in the School of Languages and Cultures. David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts,
and Williams Golden, vice president and treasurer of the Liberal Arts Alumni Board, congratulate Kim Koeller (BA 1979, French) for being honored as one
of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni. Guests of the 31st Annual Awards Banquet enjoyed an evening of dinner, entertainment, and celebration.
Visit www.cla.purdue.edu/alumni/awards for more information about the 2017 Distinguished Alumni. Photos by Trevor Mahlmann.