The former chief marketer of Pepsi-Cola North America will now oversee the majority of the company's beverage brands, including Gatorade, in a new chief marketing officer role for a new division. Mr. Burwick will not handle Tropicana, Izze, Naked or Unilever and Starbucks joint-venture products.
New division created
The appointment is part of a larger restructuring at the company to create the North America Beverages division. In an internal memo, Massimo d'Amore, PepsiCo Americas Beverages CEO, said the division is meant to increase coordination across brands and give attention to smaller niche brands such as Izze. PepsiCo bottlers will also receive increased attention, as will the overall supply chain under the new structure.
As a part of the restructuring, several other executive changes were announced.
Rich Beck will take on the role of president, North America Functional Beverages. He is currently exec VP, PepsiCo Chicago. Hugh Johnston will move into the role of president, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages, from the position of president, Pepsi-Cola North America. Todd Magazine, president of Gatorade, will be leaving the company.
"I know that in any organization change is initially disruptive to our people and our systems," Mr. d'Amore said. "However, I want to assure you that the entire [North America Beverages] team and I feel confident that this structure will allow us to reignite profitable growth in our beverage business."
Mr. Burwick, who will report to Mr. d'Amore, fills the void left by the departure earlier this summer of Cie Nicholson, Pepsi-Cola's senior VP-CMO. Mr. Burwick has handled international marketing and sales for the company as VP-commercial for PepsiCo International. Prior to that he spent time in Canada as president of Pepsi-Quaker Tropicana Gatorade in that country. Mr. Burwick got his start in an entry-level role at PepsiCo and eventually moved on to manage nearly every brand in the company's portfolio.
Beverage Digest, an industry trade publication, first reported the news.