PURCHASE, N.Y. — Larry Thompson has returned to PepsiCo to serve as the company's EVP government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective July 30.
Thompson — who previously served as PepsiCo's SVP government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary from 2004 to 2011 — will be responsible for PepsiCo's worldwide legal function and government affairs and public policy organizations. He also will oversee the company's global compliance function and the company's philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation.
Thompson succeeds Maura Abeln Smith, who chose to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
"We are excited to welcome Larry back to PepsiCo," PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said. "Larry is a proven and seasoned leader with a strong track record of success at PepsiCo. He has been a highly regarded and trusted advisor, and he has a deep knowledge of, and passion for our business. We will benefit greatly from Larry's leadership moving forward."