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Departing WTO Director Azevedo To Become Pepsio's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

By Dave Simpson

Departing World Trade Organization (WTO) director General Roberto Azevedo will join PepsiCo Inc as its chief corporate affairs officer, the soft drink and snack foods giant has announced.

PepsiCo said in a statement that Azevedo will oversee its public policy, government affairs and communications efforts in a newly created role that works with governments, international organisations and other stakeholders. He will also join PepsiCo's executive committee.

"Thrilled To Welcome Roberto"

"We are thrilled to welcome Roberto, who brings valuable political skills and technical knowledge of the complex social, political, and regulatory environments impacting multinational corporations like PepsiCo," PepsiCo chairman Ramon Laguarta said in a statement, adding that Azevedo's "geopolitical insights will be invaluable to our discussions and decision-making in an ever-changing world."

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Azevedo, a Brazilian former trade negotiator and diplomat, has headed the WTO since 2013. He is due to leave the organisation at the end of August.

"Delighted" To Join PepsiCo

Azevedo said in a statement he is "delighted" to join PepsiCo, calling the maker of Pepsi and Doritos "a global leader in driving meaningful collaborations and investments focused on the betterment of our society and planet."

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