PepsiCo GC Leaves to Become a Law Prof
Pepsico general counsel Larry Thompson is leaving the company to become a law professor at the University of Georgia.
He will be replaced by Maura Abeln Smith, who was most recently general counsel of International Paper, according to a press release.
Thompson joined Pepsico as general counsel in 2004 and helped guide the company through some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in its history.
He was considered for a Supreme Court nomination during the second Bush administration and could have been considered to lead the Justice Department if John McCain had won the presidency, the ABA Journal reported in a 2008 article. He has served as deputy attorney general and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.