PLANO, Texas, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Two members of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) executive leadership team have been promoted to the level of executive vice president, the company today announced.
Effective Jan. 1, 2011, David Thomas, Ph.D., is EVP of research & development, and Tina Barry becomes EVP of corporate affairs. Both continue to report directly to Larry D. Young, DPS president and CEO.
"David and Tina have both transformed their functions in our first two-and-a-half years as a stand-alone public company by effectively inspiring, developing and deploying their people to deliver great value to our business," said Mr. Young.
"David has led the R&D team through a period of significant change, relocating the R&D center and pilot plant from Connecticut and assembling and leading a team that has enabled our business to more nimbly transform consumer insights into winning innovation," Mr. Young added. "Under Tina's guidance, Corporate Affairs has made tremendous strides to clearly illustrate our flavors leadership position, establish our strategic philanthropy efforts and drive a sustainability mindset throughout our company. I am very proud to have David and Tina as part of my team, and I'm looking forward to their continued contributions to DPS."
Dr. Thomas, who had been SVP of research & development since joining the company in 2006, has overall responsibility for all aspects of R&D, including product development, sensory science, flavor & ingredient technology, chemistry, nutrition & regulatory, process development, technical services, knowledge management and the pilot plant.
Ms. Barry joined DPS in 2008 as vice president of corporate communications and was promoted later that year to the role of SVP of corporate affairs. She oversees internal and external communications, corporate and brand public relations, philanthropy, government affairs and sustainability.
About Dr Pepper Snapple
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Penafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.drpeppersnapple.com.
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