Prolongeau takes role with PepsiCos nutrition division

Prolongeau takes role with PepsiCo's nutrition division

The head of PepsiCo's French unit has taken a position in the US food and drinks giant's global organisation as senior vice president of its fruit and vegetables business.

Vincent Prolongeau, who has been MD of PepsiCo France since 2006, will be responsible for all the company's products based on fruit and vegetables.

He is the second person to fill the role, which was created last year when PepsiCo formed its global nutrition unit. Prolongeau replaces Eugene Willemsen who has been promoted to president of PepsiCo operations in Turkey, the Balkans and Greece.

Prolongeau will be replaced in France by Armando Amselem, who joined PepsiCo in 1995 after stints in the wine industry and in finance.

Amselem has held several senior positions at PepsiCo including in Latin America and in the UK. From 2001, he worked for four years as finance director of its French unit. In 2006, Amselem moved to PepsiCo's European HQ in Geneva, where he became vice president of strategic planning and then finance director of the company's operations in western Europe.

"I am proud today to be responsible for the further development of a subsidiary whose growth has been impressive since its inception," Amselem said.