PepsiCo has hired Maura Abeln Smith as executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective 5 May.
She will succeed Larry Thompson, who has served as PepsiCo’s senior vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary since 2004.
Reporting to PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, Smith will be responsible for the company’s worldwide legal function and government affairs organisation.
In almost 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, Smith has worked in a range of roles in major corporations including as general counsel and secretary at building materials company Owens Corning and vice president and general counsel at international energy company General Electric. Most recently she served for eight years as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and global government relations at International Paper.
“We’re delighted to welcome Maura to the PepsiCo leadership team,” Nooyi said. “In addition to her vast understanding of complex legal and regulatory issues, Maura also brings a unique combination of sharp business intellect, strong leadership skills and uncompromising ethical standards to the role. She has built a record of distinction throughout her career and PepsiCo will benefit from her counsel.”
PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands with 19 different product lines including Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola.