WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Departing World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo will join PepsiCo Inc (PEP.O) as chief corporate affairs officer, the soft drink and snack foods giant said on Wednesday as the WTO remains far from deciding on a successor.

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 organizations and other stakeholders. He will also join PepsiCo’s executive committee.

“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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