Former YUM! Restaurants international chief marketing officer Randy Gierhas been poached by Cadbury Schweppes to lead its marketing efforts for its Americas beverages division.

Cadbury Schweppes said that it had appointed Gier, 43, as executive vice president marketing. He will be responsible for all aspects of marketing the company's beverage portfolio in the Americas, including Dr Pepper, Snapple, Mott's Apple Juice and Clamato.

His appointment is effective March 22, he will have offices at Plano, Texas, and in the Northeast, and he will report to Gilbert M. Cassagne, Americas Beverages president and CEO.

At YUM! Restaurants International, Gier was responsible for 39 separate marketing departments, as well as the stewardship of the company's five major brands - Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's and A&W All-AmericanFood Restaurants.

Previously, he was chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut and KFC in the US, and earlier he was vice president of brand marketing at Frito-Lay, general manager of PepsiCo supermarket foods, brand manager with Pepsi-Cola, and a field manager with Pepsi Bottling Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"Randy's experience, leadership and focus on business objectives will aid us in the development of our future strategic marketing efforts as we continue to bring together brands from the Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Mott's and Snapple portfolios to form a growth-driven total refreshment beverage company," stated Cassagne.

"He's a well-known, well-respected and results-driven manager whose strengths include developing strong marketing teams. He'll be a terrific asset because he knows the beverage business from the customer side, as well as from the supplier side."