The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) has elected a new general counsel. The company's board of directors said yesterday (14 December) that Steven M. Rapp will become senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary of PBG.

An 18-year veteran of the Pepsi system, Rapp replaces Pamela C. McGuire who has been appointed senior vice-president and deputy general counsel, Business Practices and Compliance for PepsiCo, Inc. Both will assume their new duties on 3 January.

In making the announcement, John T. Cahill, PBG chairman and CEO, said: "Steve brings a wide breadth of experience to the role of general counsel. He was an important player in PBG's initial public offering and led the legal work on all of the company's acquisitions, including the acquisition of the largest Pepsi bottler in Mexico. With his thorough understanding of PBG's business issues, Steve is well-equipped to provide excellent legal counsel."

"On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Pam for her dedicated service to PBG," Cahill added. "It is bittersweet to see Pam leave us. She has been a core member of PBG's executive team since the IPO, helping to create the company's corporate governance principles and establishing a top-notch legal department. We will miss her valuable counsel, but we wish Pam all the best in her new role at PepsiCo."

Rapp joined PepsiCo as a corporate lawyer in 1986. He was appointed division counsel of Pepsi-Cola Company in 1994. Four years later, he joined PBG, where he was promoted to vice-president and deputy general counsel in 1999.