Sara Lee has appointed Margaret Foran to the post of executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Foran, who will take up the post on 30 June, will be responsible for the company's worldwide legal activities and will lead its risk management, internal audit and sustainability efforts.

"We're delighted that Peggy will be joining our executive team," said Brenda Barnes, chairman and CEO. "During her three-decade long career, Peggy has earned the respect of corporate leaders, stakeholders, directors, investors and peers. She is recognised worldwide as a true leader with a reputation for the highest levels of personal integrity."

Foran most recently served as senior vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary for Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company.