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Although his term helping to spread the “joy of Pepsi” is nearly over, David Andrews says he’s enjoyed his two-and-a-half years as GC of the food and beverage conglomerate. Andrews only committed to a three-year stint, and now he’s eager to return to his original plan. Andrews was a 61-year-old partner and former chairman at San Francisco � based McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen when PepsiCo approached him about taking over from then � GC Robert Sharpe, who was leaving to become a partner at the Brunswick Group LLP. At the time, Andrews was planning to become of counsel at his firm, do some arbitration work, focus on his board roles at UnionBanCal Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and do a little writing. His first answer to PepsiCo was “no thank you.” Andrews’s desire to scale back went beyond his proximity to retirement age. The past five years had been extraordinarily demanding. He had been GC of the U.S. Department of State and legal adviser to secretary of State Madeleine Albright from 1997 to 2000. During that time, Andrews also served as counsel for the United States in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the Iran � U.S. Claims Tribunal. And he negotiated with the governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to set up the trial of the two Libyan suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. “I had one of the most professionally challenging and personally intrusive jobs of my life,” says Andrews. But after PepsiCo agreed to accept a three-year commitment, Andrews relented, starting work in February 2002. And though he hasn’t been negotiating with world leaders, the gig has had its own rewards. Andrews is especially proud of PepsiCo’s high corporate governance ratings with Institutional Shareholder Services and GovernanceMetrics International, Inc. He also led a reorganization of the company’s 83-lawyer department. Previously, PepsiCo had separate regional law departments for some of its divisions, such as Quaker Foods and Frito-Lay. Andrews consolidated these departments so that all the lawyers now report directly to PepsiCo’s GC. At press time the company announced that Andrews’s successor would be Larry Thompson, 58, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and a former deputy attorney general. Thompson’s background in public policy and international affairs was important: PepsiCo’s GC also leads the company’s 20-person government affairs group. “We operate in over 200 countries, so we’re subject to all sorts of international regulations,” says Andrews. Come February, Andrews’s planned retirement date, the GC intends to stop worrying about the legal nuances of the international food and beverages market. What then? Andrews says he’s writing an article on the Lockerbie settlement for Foreign Policy magazine. It is, he says, already late.

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