Former Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes, a longtime executive perhaps best known for putting her career in the executive ranks on hold to focus on her family, has died. She was 63.
Barnes, who suffered a stroke, died Tuesday at Edward Hospital in Naperville surrounded by her three children and other family members.
Barnes made headlines in 1997 when she left her job as president and CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America after 18 months to become a stay-at-home mom. A debate ensued in the media about the tug-of-war working women face when balancing their professional lives and their families.
Barnes' children were then 10, 8 and 7 years old. Barnes told the New York Daily News at the...