Pep­siCo GCR Pres­i­dent vis­its 105-year-old su­per fan

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

Zhou Eny­ing, a 105-year-old woman liv­ing in Lanzhou, Gansu Prov­ince in western China, had a special guest for her 105th birth­day party re­cently. Mike Spanos, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Pep­siCo Greater China Re­gion (GCR), trav­eled from Shang­hai with birth­day greet­ings and best wishes for this special “su­per fan” of Pep­siCo’s prod­ucts.

Zhou lived and stud­ied in the US in - ent English. Upon her re­turn to China, she worked as a teacher and later re­tired from Lanzhou Univer­sity. When a lo­cal news­pa­per asked her about her life, she said, “There is no se­cret to longevity. I just love cof­fee, can­dies and Pepsi-Cola. This is my sim­ple and nat­u­ral life.”

When Spanos heard about Zhou from a news re­port, he was touched and wanted to greet her and thank her in per­son for her great love of Pep­siCo. With the help of friends from the lo­cal women’s fed­er­a­tion, Spanos’ team got in touch with Zhou’s fam­ily and learned that she would cel­e­brate her 105th birth­day at the end of Oc­to­ber. Spanos was hon­ored to be in­vited by the fam­ily to travel to Lanzhou for the birth­day cel­e­bra­tion to share best wishes from her fans at Pep­siCo. As an old Chi­nese say­ing goes, “One hun­dred years of life de­serves ad­mi­ra­tion and jeal­ousy from the pines and cranes,” and this is very true in the case of Zhou. Spanos pre­sented her with an Out­stand­ing Con­sumer com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque from Pep­siCo and gave her a life­time sup­ply of free Pep­siCo prod­ucts made in China, in­clud­ing Quaker Oats, as a to­ken of the com­pany’s grat­i­tude for her loy­alty.

“I am hum­bled and hon­ored to share in her 105th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. The fact that Zhou has lived for more than a cen­tury is an in­cred­i­ble tes­ta­ment to her pos­i­tive and op­ti­mistic at­ti­tude. The en­tire team at Pep­siCo China GCR joins me in wish­ing her con­tin­ued hap­pi­ness and good health. We are very lucky to have such a loyal cus­tomer,” Spanos said.

Photos: Courtesy of Pep­siCo

Mike Spanos (left) pre­sents Zhou Eny­ing with an Out­stand­ing Con­sumer com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque from Pep­siCo. Be­low: Zhou Eny­ing’s birth­day cake

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