Keurig Dr Pepper announced the appointment of Monique Oxender as interim chief corporate affairs officer, reporting to chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort and joining the executive leadership team. In this role, Oxender will oversee the company's corporate responsibility, government affairs, corporate communications and internal communications work.
Oxender succeeds Maria Sceppaguercio, who had previously announced her planned retirement and will stay as an advisor to the company through the end of year.
Oxender has been with KDP for more than 11 years, most recently as senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, where she designed the organizational and strategic framework for the company's ambitious corporate responsibility platform. Under her leadership, the company has made significant progress against its commitments through cross-functional collaboration and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Prior to joining KDP, Oxender served in leadership roles with Ford Motor Company, overseeing supply chain sustainability programs and working with a wide range of external stakeholders.
Bob Gamgort stated in the announcement: "Monique has built a best-in-class corporate responsibility function at KDP, and she is a dynamic leader who delivers strategic plans that create value for all stakeholders. I'm excited to collaborate with her and our executive leadership teams on further enhancing our corporate reputation and sharing our growth story.
"On behalf of our ELT and Board, we thank Maria for her significant accomplishments over the past five years as her leadership has been an integral part of our success, and we are grateful that she'll continue as an advisor."
Oxender holds an MBA and a master's degree in resource ecology from the University of Michigan and bachelor's degrees in biology and Spanish from Miami University. She is a member of the board of directors for World Coffee Research and on the Strategic Advisory Council for The Erb Institute, a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.