Laxman Narasimhan is an Indian American business executive. He has held several senior appointments with global companies like PepsiCo, Reckitt, and McKinsey & Company. He made headlines after he became the CEO of Starbucks on 21 March 2023.Laxman Narasimhan began his corporate career with McKinsey & Company in 1992, where he began climbing the ladder of promotions, and by 2012, Laxman had become the companys director. He left McKinsey & Company in 2012.From 2012 to 2014, Laxman Narasimhan worked with PepsiCo as its Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In 2014, he was promoted and made the CEO of PepsiCo in Latin America. He remained the CEO of PepsiCo in Latin America till July 2017.In June 2016, Laxman Narasimhan became a member of the board of trustees at the Brookings Institution.In July 2017, Laxman Narasimhan became the CEO of PepsiCo in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Laxman held the post of CEO of Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa till May 2019.In January 2018, Laxman Narasimhan became a member of the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy Latin America Conservation Council (NCLACC). He remained a member of the board of directors till June 2019.In March 2019, Laxman Narasimhan became PepsiCos global chief commercial officer. As a global chief commercial officer, he looked after the companys sales and marketing, and he also made strategies related to the advertising of the products that were made by PepsiCo in different nations.In July 2019, Laxman Narasimhan left PepsiCo and joined the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Group, which makes health, hygiene, and nutrition products. He joined the company as its CEO. Talking about his appointment as the CEO, Laxman, during an interview, said, I come in with very big ambitions but also come in with a lot of humility. Those ambitions include delivering a faster growth and sustained outperformance by building a very strong, potent and better business..While giving an interview once Laxman Narasimhan claimed that in 2021, just a day before he was to give a presentation to the clients on the potential multibillion-dollar sale of Reckitts baby formula, he fell from the stairs of his house and broke his ribs and shoulders as a result of which he had to undergo emergency surgery. He further claimed that after the surgery, with a small amount of rest, he was able to give the presentation to the clients for four hours straight. He said, The doctor said it looked like I had been in a car crash, I arrived home at around 6 am after an emergency operation in the small hours and had just enough time to lie down on the sofa before starting nearly four hours of back-to-back presentations and Q & As with the staff, investors and the media..In June 2021, Laxman Narasimhan became a member of the board of directors of Verizon, which is an American wireless network operator.