Larry D. Thompson
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary
Since October 2004, Mr. Thompson has been responsible for PepsiCo’s worldwide legal function, as well as its government affairs organization and The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. Mr. Thompson previously served as a Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. His government career includes serving in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General and leading the Department’s National Security Coordination Council. Mr. Thompson has also chosen to head the Corporate Fraud Task Force, where he led, among others, the Justice Department’s ongoing Enron investigation.
Previously, Mr. Thompson was a partner in the Atlanta, Ga., law firm of King & Spalding, where he practiced in the Antitrust and Litigation Departments. Mr. Thompson also served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, where he directed the Southern Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and served on the Attorney General’s Economic Crime Council. He was appointed Independent Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation by the Special Panel of U.S. Circuit Court Judges appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also selected by the U.S. Congress to chair the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.
Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Culver-Stockton College, a Master of Arts from Michigan State University, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 2004, he added another chapter to his academic career by serving as a visiting professor of law at the University of Georgia Law School. Mr. Thompson serves on the boards of various Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series Funds, the United Negro College Fund and the National Center for State Courts. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Mr. Thompson has received several awards 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; and the A. T. Walden Award for outstanding accomplishments to the legal profession from the Gate City Bar Association.