Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has gained a key player for its C-suite team. Recently, the beverage company tapped Justin Whitmore to take on the new role of Chief Strategy Officer, effective March 1. Reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Gamgort, Whitmore will join the ELT and lead enterprise strategy work, including mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnerships.
According to the press release, Whitmore joins KDP from Tyson Foods, where he played a key role in the company’s global growth, value creation, and venture capital strategy. Whitmore brings a bevy of experience from his time at Tyson, most recently as Executive Vice President Alternative Protein and previously Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer. Prior to Tyson Foods, he was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on consumer products and worked extensively with clients in the food and beverage sector. He was previously with Booz & Company, now known as Strategy, as part of the PwC network.
“Justin is an exceptional addition to the KDP leadership team,” Gamgort stated. “He has a proven track record as an executive who drives innovative strategies, champions consumer insights, and delivers transformative results. We’re excited to welcome him to our leadership team.”
Whitmore holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In 2019, Whitmore was named to CNN’s Risk Takers list, recognizing the top 20 leaders pushing global business forward. He also has been named one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine and among Black Enterprise Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.
Congratulations to Justin Whitmore on this next step in his journey!