Olden C. Lee Named Chairman of the Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel (10/18/06)

October 17, 2006

contact: Jill M. Crumpacker



Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairman Dale Cabaniss announced today the appointment of Mr. Olden C. Lee as Chairman of the Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel (FSIDP).

The FSIDP was established under Chapter 10 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to resolve collective bargaining impasses involving management and labor organizations representing approximately 9,000 employees in the Foreign Service, including Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, International Trade Administration, and International Broadcasting Bureau, among others.

In announcing her appointment of Lee, FLRA Chairman Dale Cabaniss stated, “Mr. Lee brings a broad range of knowledge to this appointment. His significant experience in the areas of employee and labor relations will benefit the work of the FSIDP in addressing issues which may come before the panel.”

Mr. Olden Lee retired from PepsiCo after a 28-year career. While at PepsiCo, Mr. Lee held numerous positions in human resources and labor relations at PepsiCo organizations Frito-Lay, Inc., KFC, and Taco Bell. During his 12 years with Frito-Lay, Inc., Mr. Lee held such positions as Director of Manufacturing Personnel, Director of Personnel, Vice President of Labor Relations, and Vice President of Personnel. While at KFC, Mr. Lee was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Personnel Officer. In that capacity, he led an organization that served a system of 5,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada, and over 4,500 restaurants in 61 countries throughout the world. Mr. Lee’s career with PepsiCo culminated as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Taco Bell Corporation. In this role, he reported to the president of Taco Bell, with accountability for recruiting, employee relations, compensation and benefits, management development and training, EEO, facilities and employee services administration, and public affairs. These operational groups supported the business of some 20,000 points of access in the United States.

Currently, Mr. Lee is the Principal of Lee Management Consulting Company. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Starbucks Coffee Company and a member of the advisory board of the Business School of the University of Arizona. Mr. Lee previously served as a commissioner for the White House Fellows program; as a member of the Texas Christian University – International Board of Advisors; and as the interim CEO of the 100 Black Men organization. Mr. Lee has also served on the board of the University of Arizona, his alma mater, where he lettered in varsity football in 1966-67 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Personnel