|Larry D. Thompson|
Retired Executive Vice President–Government Affairs,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo
Larry D. Thompson retired from PepsiCo in December 2014 as Executive Vice President-Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. His responsibilities included leading PepsiCo's worldwide legal function, as well as its global government affairs and public policy group and its global citizenship and sustainability team.
Mr. Thompson has extensive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. In 2001, Mr. Thompson was confirmed by the United States Senate as Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Attorney General John Ashcroft named Mr. Thompson in 2002 to lead the Department of Justice's National Security Coordination Council. Also in 2002, President George W. Bush named Mr. Thompson to head the government-wide Corporate Fraud Task Force.
From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Thompson served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, where he led major political corruption and drug trafficking prosecutions. Mr. Thompson also led the Southeastern Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Mr. Thompson has held other significant leadership positions in the public sector. In 1995, he was named Independent Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation. In 2000, Mr. Thompson was selected by Congress to chair the bi-partisan Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.
In the private sector, Mr. Thompson was a partner in the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding, where he was the founding co-chair of the special matters and government investigations practice. He also conducted numerous internal investigations and tried and argued cases on behalf of individual and corporate clients.
Mr. Thompson has received numerous awards for his professional achievements, including the Edmund Jennings Randolph Award for outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the Department of Justice's mission, Outstanding Litigator Award from the Federal Bar Association, the A. T. Walden Award for outstanding accomplishments to the legal profession from the Gate City Bar Association in Atlanta and a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pace University.
Mr. Thompson is an elected Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. In 2009, Ethisphere magazine recognized Mr. Thompson as "one of most respected and admired general counsel in business today."
In 2004, Mr. Thompson served as a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution. From 2011 through 2012, Mr. Thompson was the John A. Sibley Chair of Corporate and Business Law at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Mr. Thompson holds a BA degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, an MA degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.