“Yawman is one of our most trusted and respected leaders,” said chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “He has a brilliant legal mind, outstanding judgment, and a wealth of experience gained over two decades at PepsiCo, spanning positions across our businesses and former bottling group. All of us at PepsiCo are fortunate to have him in this absolutely critical role.”
Yawman replaces Tony West, who left the company to join Uber. Yaman was PepsiCo’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel and general counsel North America and Corporate. He also served as SVP, chief compliance and ethics officer for the soft drinks giant wherein he managed a team overseeing compliance and ethics matters around the world.
“Over the last three years, Tony has greatly advanced our commitment to being one of the world’s most ethical companies, strengthened our public policy and government affairs function, and demonstrated an unshakeable commitment to diversity,” said Nooyi. “He is also a good person, deeply committed to making the world a better place, and we wish him all the best on this next endeavor.”
He also was previously the general counsel of North America Beverages, Quaker Foods North America and Latin America Beverages. He spent five years in the law department of the Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) where, as associate general counsel, he oversaw all corporate, securities and M&A matters. Prior to joining PBG in 2005, Yawman spent six years as a member of PepsiCo’s corporate law department.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1998, Yawman was an associate with the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court. He is an honors graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law (Newark), where he served as managing director of the Rutgers Law Review, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.