Purchase / NY. (pci) PepsiCo Inc. announced that Tony West has joined the company as executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective November 24, 2014. West succeeds Larry Thompson, who is retiring after almost a decade of service.
West joins PepsiCo from the United States Department of Justice, where he served as Associate Attorney General of the United States, the agency´s third-ranking official. In his new role, West will be responsible for PepsiCo´s worldwide legal function and government affairs organization, as well as the company´s global compliance function and the PepsiCo Foundation. He will report to PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.
«Tony is a tremendous addition to the PepsiCo management team», said Nooyi. «He is a world-class leader who brings a strong set of skills, experiences and values to PepsiCo. We will benefit greatly from Tony´s leadership and expertise».
«PepsiCo is an iconic American company with an exceptional CEO, a dynamic global presence, and a strong reputation for responsible corporate citizenship», West said. «I am thrilled to be joining Indra´s executive team and honoured to succeed Larry Thompson».
«Larry has made a lasting impact on PepsiCo and contributed greatly to our success over the years», Nooyi added. «His deep knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment, his unwavering sense of ethics and integrity, and his burning passion for our business made Larry one of the very best in his field. He has been a trusted advisor to me and our Board of Directors and we will be forever thankful for everything he has done to make PepsiCo one of the world´s most admired companies. We wish Larry and his family the very best in retirement. I will miss him».
West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. As Associate Attorney General, he led the Justice Department´s efforts to protect Americans´ civil rights; assist home-owners who suffered losses during the 2008 financial crisis; strengthen the federal relationship with sovereign Native American nations; and secure access to criminal and civil legal aid regardless of income.
West previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, the Justice Department´s largest litigating component, where he oversaw the work of approximately 1’000 lawyers. In this role, he bolstered the division´s enforcement efforts to recover taxpayer money lost to fraud and abuse. He also emphasized the division´s responsibility to bring civil and criminal actions to enforce the nation´s consumer protection laws.