Mike Spanos has been named the chief executive for the Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) region by PepsiCo. Currently president of the Greater China region, Spanos will replace Sanjeev Chadha, who will become chairman of AMENA.

Chief executive Indra Nooyi said: “We have a strong bench of senior executives, and we are thrilled to promote Mike, one of our most seasoned and proven leaders, into this important role. Most recently, Mike has led our business in China through unprecedented change, growing our foods and beverage businesses and investing in our nutrition portfolio.

“On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank Sanjeev for his exemplary career at PepsiCo over the last 27 years and his extraordinary commitment to our company.  His continued support as chairman of AMENA until his retirement at the end of March will ensure a smooth transition.”