PepsiCo, Inc. announced that Roberto Azevêdo, previously Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, effective September 1, 2020.
In this newly created role that brings PepsiCo's Public Policy, Government Affairs, and Communications activities under one umbrella, Azevêdo will focus on solidifying PepsiCo's external engagement efforts with national and international governments, regulators, international organizations and non-governmental stakeholders. He will also help advance PepsiCo's Winning with Purpose strategy by strengthening the company's ESG value proposition and increasing engagement at local and community levels. Azevêdo joins PepsiCo's executive committee, bringing rich geopolitical insights and a global perspective to its discussions and decision-making.
Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President, Beyond the Bottle
PepsiCo also announced that it has appointed Jim Andrew as Chief Sustainability Officer, in addition to his current role as Executive Vice President, Beyond the Bottle, effective September 1, 2020. Andrew replaces Simon Lowden who has decided to retire from PepsiCo after 24 years of exemplary service.
Andrew will be responsible for leading PepsiCo's Sustainability Office, including the Global Sustainable Plastics team and Global Sustainable Operations team. He will focus on accelerating PepsiCo's global Sustainability Agenda while further integrating sustainability into the company's business strategy and brands. Andrew will also continue to oversee PepsiCo's SodaStream business and Beyond the Bottle strategy as the company looks for ways to deliver beverages free from single-use plastic.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.
The company also announced that Athina Kanioura has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. She will report to Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta.
Kanioura will lead PepsiCo's end-to-end strategy. She will also lead company-wide transformation — ensuring that PepsiCo's scale is leveraged as the company focuses on accelerating growth and identifying areas of cost efficiency and optimization.