Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS), one of the world's leading beverage companies.
Larry was named president and chief executive officer in October 2007 after serving as president and chief operating officer for the company's Bottling Group division and led the spinoff of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from Cadbury Schweppes plc in May 2008.
Larry joined the company in April 2006 through its full acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, where he had been president and CEO since 2005. As head of operations, he played a central role in helping to create a new business model for a fully integrated beverage company.
By integrating the Bottling Group and several other independent bottling businesses into DPS, the company now has a more reliable, sustainable and secure route to market. This has allowed the company to protect its brand equity and improve customer relations through better control of its products from innovation to the store shelf. As a result, DPS can more effectively deliver those brands, with direct access to more than 230 million consumers in 34 states.
In his 30-year career, Larry has produced and sold virtually every type of beverage in the Americas and across Europe and Russia. He previously served more than 25 years in the Pepsi system, most recently with PepsiAmericas and before that with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, where he began on a route truck and worked his way to President and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2008, Larry was appointed chairman of the board of the American Beverage Association and inducted into the Beverage World Soft Drink Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Colette, live in Dallas and are both natives of Springfield, Mo.
Mr. Alexander has served as our director since November 2011. Mr. Alexander served in various positions with Ernst & Young L.L.P. between 1975 and 2011. From 2002 until his retirement in September 2011, he served as Vice Chairman and Southwest Region Managing Partner and was a member of the firm's Americas and U.S. Executive Boards and Global Management Group. Since 2003, Mr. Alexander has served as a member of the executive board of Southern Methodist University's Cox Business School and as a member of the Greater Dallas Chamber Executive Committee. Since 2009, Mr. Alexander has served as a national trustee on the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and as a board member of the American Heart Association.
Mr. Martin has served as a director since May 2008 and serves as chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Martin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Quaker Oats Company from 1998 until his retirement in 2001. From 1995 to 1998, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Signal Corporation. Mr. Martin was Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of American Cyanamid Company from 1991 to 1995 and served as Treasurer from 1988 to 1991. From 2002 until 2011, Mr. Martin served on the board of directors of Del Monte Foods Company and as chairman of its audit committee.
Mr. Rogers has served as a director since May 2008. Mr. Rogers has served in various positions with Bank of Montreal between 1972 and 2007. From 2002 to 2007, he served as Deputy Chair, Enterprise Risk & Portfolio Management, BMO Financial Group and from 1994 to 2002, he served as Vice Chairman, Personal & Commercial Client Group. Prior to 1994, Mr. Rogers held various executive vice president positions at Bank of Montreal.