Katherine Lugar has been appointed chief and president of the American Beverage Association (ABA), succeeding Susan Neely, who will be leaving after 13 years to take up a similar role with the American Council of Life Insurers.

“I’m honored to join ABA and advocate on behalf of its members, including iconic brands like The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo,” said Lugar.  “As a mother, I know how important it is for consumers to have choices as they balance their families’ nutrition and activity.  

“These companies have shown real leadership and set their competitive differences aside to strengthen our communities and support families nationwide. Building on Susan Neely’s outstanding leadership and results over the past 13 years, I look forward to leading the ABA team as we continue to be an important part of the solution when it comes to consumer choice and public health,” she added. 

Lugar will try to influence public policy and advocacy experience on behalf of ABA and its member companies, which manufactures some of the world’s most popular non-alcoholic beverages.