Jon Banner, PepsiCo’s EVP of Global Communications and President of the PepsiCo Foundation, has been named EVP and Global Chief Impact Officer for McDonald’s. Reporting to CEO Chris Kempczinski, Banner will oversee sustainability & ESG, government relations, public policy, communications, and internal corporate relations, according to the fast-food chain said.
President Joe Biden has named PepsiCo executive Kimberly Cheatle as director of the US Secret Service. She is currently a senior director overseeing facilities, personnel, and business continuity for PepsiCo North America. Prior to PepsiCo, Cheatle spent 25 years at the secret service and previously served on Biden’s security detail when he was vice president.
Starbucks has named former PepsiCo executive Laxman Narasimhan as CEO to succeed founder and interim CEO Howard Schultz next April, when Narasimhan also will join the board of directors. In October, Narasimhan will begin the transition into the company working with Schultz, who will remain on the board after the transition. Narasimhan comes from Reckitt, where he was CEO. At PepsiCo, Narasimhan’s roles included chief commercial officer, CEO of the Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa unit, and CFO of PepsiCo Americas Foods.
Whole Foods former COO Jason Buechel took over the CEO role from Co-founder John Mackey as planned on Sept. 1. Buechel has been with the natural foods store chain since 2013. Amazon acquired the business in 2017.
Eat the Change Co-founder Seth Goldman announced a number of hires for his new Just Ice Tea brand. They include former Honest Tea employees Melanie Knitzer, Becca Ray, Rick Tidrow, Kelly Cardamone, Stephanie Riederman, Meghan Horn, Kathy Bullman, and Courtney Richardson.
Coca-Cola SVP and Global Ventures President Jennifer Mann will take over on Jan. 1 as President of the North America Operating Unit. She succeeds Alfredo Rivera, who will step down at the end of the year and remain an advisor through March 2023, according to Coke. In her current role, Mann, 49, has overseen global work to scale Monster Energy and Costa Coffee, the U.K.-based coffee chain acquired by Coca-Cola in 2019. A successor to Mann for Global Ventures hasn’t yet been named. Mann, who joined Coke in 1997, has a close working relationship with Chairman and CEO James Quincey, having served as his chief of staff prior to the global ventures role. She also was chief people officer. Prior to that, she ran Coke’s Freestyle fountain program as general manager. Rivera, 61, has led Coke North America since August 2020. He has worked in the Coke system since 1984. In the statement, Quincey called him a “highly valued business partner for me and countless others across our system for nearly four decades.”
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