Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) has announced the appointment of Robert C. King as its president, North American field operations, a newly created role.

King, who was until recently general manager of PBG's mid-Atlantic business unit, will oversee the company's field businesses in the US and Canada which together account for almost 70% of PBG's worldwide volumes and around 80% of its turnover. The appointment is effective immediately.

"Rob has been a key member of my leadership team for several years now. He has successfully led one of PBG's largest business units in the US for the past three years, posting improvement in volume, net revenue and profitability," said PBG's chief operating officer Eric J. Foss. "The combination of his business acumen, marketing prowess and leadership capabilities makes him an ideal executive to lead this important PBG business. I look forward to his ongoing contributions in this new role."