Dr. Rana Shehadeh
Dean of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, Miami Dade College
Dr. Shehadeh joined Miami Dade College in August 2017, as the Dean of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, which includes the School of Global Business, the School of Aviation and the Schools of Culinary & Hospitality.
Dr. Shehadeh spent over 20 years working in the industry sector, in Global Companies such as PepsiCo, Georgia-Pacific and AT Kearney, a Management Consulting Company; as well as smaller privately held companies such as The Schawn’s Food Company, a frozen food company and Sartori Foods, an Artesian Cheese Company in Wisconsin.
Prior to joining MDC, Dr. Shehadeh worked was the Vice President of Research & Development at PepsiCo for LATAM, responsible for R&D strategy and operations in over 19 counties and 300 employees. She served on the Executive Leadership Committee for PepsiCo South American and later for PepsiCo LATAM, which included Mexico, representing $8 Billion in net sales.
Her career spans a diverse set of industries such as Management Consulting, Paper & Building Products, and Food Companies in various categories from Snacks, to Dairy products, to breakfast & Oatmeal, to Frozen Food, to artesian cheese. During her diverse career, Dr. Shehadeh led multiple teams responsible for R&D Strategy Development, New Products, Innovation, Marketing Research, Technology Scouting, Change Management, and Strategic Sourcing & Procurement. Throughout her career, she lived and worked in various cities throughout the Midwest and the east coast, and most recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil before moving to Miami.
Dr. Shehadeh has an MBA from Emory University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Physical Chemistry and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.