PepsiCo Europe names new senior vice president, CHRO Europe

PepsiCo Europe has appointed Dannii Portsmouth senior vice president, chief human resources officer (CHRO) Europe.

Portsmouth will join PepsiCo’s Europe sector team and report to Silviu Popovici, the organisation’s Europe chief executive officer. She will be responsible for the HR function in Europe, will oversee the talent agenda and build strategic organisational and people capabilities for more than 40,000 employees across 55 countries.

Portsmouth will also play an instrumental role in spearheading people efforts across the brand’s positive agriculture, value chain and choices agenda.

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Previously, Portsmouth was vice president of HR for PepsiCo Beverages’ North America West Division, where she led all aspects of the talent agenda, including talent management, performance management, staffing and employee relations. Under her leadership, PepsiCo has driven forward key people initiatives that have boosted business performance, increased engagement and reduced turnover among frontline staff.

Before relocating to the US, she led HR for PepsiCo UK and Ireland where she built comprehensive talent and development strategies. Prior to this, she spent more than 10 years at GSK in various roles, including vice president of HR for global research and development, HR director in the UK, Ireland and Denmark, a commercial role in the chief executive officer’s office and other transformation roles.

Portsmouth said: “We’ve seen such a huge shift in corporate culture over the last few years, which presents both significant challenges and exciting opportunities. My team will be driving that change and helping to reimagine the workplace of the future.

“PepsiCo in Europe has an ambitious growth agenda putting people at the heart of our end to end business transformation on our journey towards becoming an even more vibrant and inclusive firm. I can’t think of a more exciting time to be leading our people operation as we make these strides forward.”