Maura Abeln Smith is the newest appointment to the PepsiCo team

Maura Abeln Smith is the newest appointment to the PepsiCo team

PepsiCo has appointed Maura Abeln Smith as executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Smith will take up the role from 5 May succeeding Larry Thompson, who is retiring to take up a teaching position at the University of Georgia Law School, PepsiCo said late last week. She will report in to PepsiCo's chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

Smith has around 30 years of experience as a corporate attorney. Most recently, she served for eight years as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and global government relations of global paper and forest products company International Paper.

"We're delighted to welcome Maura to the PepsiCo leadership team," said Nooyi. "She has built a record of distinction throughout her career and PepsiCo will benefit from her counsel."