US: PepsiCo president departs, replaced by Europe chief

By Andy Morton | 12 September 2012

PepsiCo announced a "reset" in February

PepsiCo announced a "reset" in February

PepsiCo's president John Compton has left the group after less than eight months in the role.

Compton, who worked for PepsiCo for the last 30 years, will become CEO of Pilot Flying J Oil Corporation, which operates truck stops in his home state of Tennessee, the company announced late yesterday (11 September).

CEO of PepsiCo Europe, Zein Abdalla, has been appointed the group's new president, with immediate effect.

Enderson Guimaraes will replace Abdalla as CEO of PepsiCo Europe, while Guimaraes' successor as president of the group's Global Nutrition Group will be named shortly, it said.

Compton said the opportunity to take charge at Pilot Flying J Oil Corporation was a "once-in-a-lifetime chance".

"I have deep and personal ties to Tennessee, and my family's plan all along has been to return to Tennessee at some point," he said.

Click here for our On the move analysis of Compton's move and talk over who could be CEO Indra Nooyi's eventual successor.

Sectors: Baby food, Cereal, Dairy, Snacks

Companies: PepsiCo

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