Jim Andrew Named Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo

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Jim Andrew Named Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo

By Lisa Johnston - 08/20/2020
Jim Andrew
Jim Andrew

Jim Andrew has been named chief sustainability officer at PepsiCo, replacing the retiring Simon Lowden.  

Andrew, who joined the company in 2016, will retain his former role as PepsiCo executive VP, Beyond the Bottle, and will continue to oversee its SodaStream business. He’ll be tasked with leading the consumer goods company’s sustainability office, global sustainable plastics team and global sustainable operations team.

These responsibilities include accelerating PepsiCo's global sustainability agenda and integrating sustainability into its business strategy and brands as it explores ways to deliver beverages beyond single-use plastic.

The company recently teamed with Unilever, Diageo and Pulpex Limited to form a partner consortium in the development of a 100% plastic-free paper-based bottle. It also recently extended its capital commitments with the Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund (CLIF).

"Jim's experience running our Beyond the Bottle initiatives and our SodaStream business — both of which operate at the nexus of our commercial and sustainability agendas — make him the ideal leader for our sustainability efforts going forward,” said PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. “With him at the helm, we will continue to raise our ambitions to become planet positive, taking bold steps to catalyze positive change and build a stronger, more sustainable future for us all."

PepsiCo also announced it has named Roberto Azevêdo, currently Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a role he’s held since 2013, as executive VP and chief corporate affairs officer. He will also join the board of directors.

This appointment, effective Sept. 1, is a new role for the No. 3 consumer goods company that brings its public policy, government affairs and communications activities under one umbrella.

"I am delighted to join PepsiCo at time when strengthening relationships between business, government and society has become essential to generating sustainable and inclusive long-term growth," said Azevêdo. "PepsiCo is a global leader in driving meaningful collaborations and investments focused on the betterment of our society and planet. Together with the leadership team, I look forward to helping PepsiCo continue to create positive and impactful change as we integrate and advance our global business strategy."

Lowden is retiring with 24 PepsiCo years under his belt. In addition to serving as chief sustainability officer, he also held such roles as president of PepsiCo Global Foods, senior VP and chief marketing officer of PepsiCo North America Beverages and chief marketing officer of PepsiCo International.

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