Packaged foods company ConAgra Foods has announced the appointment of Robert F Sharpe Jr as the company's executive vice president for legal and regulatory affairs, a newly created position.

Sharpe was most recently a partner with the Brunswick Group, a privately held global financial communications firm, and prior to that was senior vice president and general counsel for PepsiCo Inc.

"Rob Sharpe is a seasoned executive with a great combination of legal skill, regulatory knowledge and business savvy. I know him well from my time at Pepsi, and he will be a tremendous asset to us at ConAgra Foods," said president and CEO Gary Rodkin.

"I'm delighted to have the chance to work with Gary again, and to help him take ConAgra Foods to the next level. We have great people and strong brands that, when combined, can deliver the solid financial results that shareholders value," said Sharpe.