PepsiCo has created an executive position to concentrate on its global health and wellness policy.

The US company announced yesterday (8 February) that Derek Yach, a former representative of the Director General at the World Health Organisation, has been appointed as PepsiCo's director - global health policy.

Yach, 51, will report to Antonio Lucio, the company's chief innovation and health and wellness officer. Yach will be responsible for setting the company's global health and wellness policy, and will work with non-government organisations (NGOs) and inter-governmental organisations to establish relationships concerning health and wellness.

"This move is in keeping with our commitment to develop the world's most balanced portfolio of convenient food and beverage choices, and to ensure we're meeting consumer needs for health and wellness," said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo president and CEO.

"With health and wellness as our primary growth opportunity, we are investing in senior talent who will actively engage external partnerships and government and non-government organisations to arrive at policies that positively impact our strategy."

Among the positions Yach has held in recent years are representative of the Director General and the executive director for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the WHO. Most recently, he has served as director, global health at the Rockefeller Foundation.