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The beverage industry has seen a number of big changes at the top
this week, with both Rexam and Pepsi Bottling Group reshuffling
some key positions,and the president of Baltika announcing his

UK-based Rexam​, the global consumer packaging company and the world's leading beverage can maker, has appointed Bill Barker​ to head its global beverage can operations.

Barker is currently sector director of Rexam's beverage can Americas division, but will become group director for beverage cans with worldwide responsibility.

He will assume this new role with immediate effect and relocate to Rexam's London headquarters.

Harry Barto​, currently sector director at the company's plastic containers, will become sector director for the beverage can North America division. This business will now become a separate sector within Rexam.

The company said that an announcement on a replacement for Harry Barto will be made in due course.

Steven M. Rapp​ is the new senior vice president and general counsel at the Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG)​. He replaces Pamela C. McGuire​, who has been appointed senior vice president and deputy general counsel of business practices and compliance for PepsiCo.

Both will assume their new duties on 3 January 2005.

"Steve brings a wide breadth of experience to the role of general counsel,"​ said John T. Cahill, PBG chairman and CEO.

"He was an important player in PBG's initial public offering and led the legal work on all of the company's acquisitions, including the acquisition of the largest Pepsi bottler in Mexico. With his thorough understanding of PBG's business issues, Steve is well-equipped to provide excellent legal counsel."

Allied Domecq Spirits​ North America has appointed Tom Steffanci​ as president of its Northern business unit. Steffanci will assume the position from 4 January next year, replacing Keith Bellinger, who will be leaving the company at the end of the year.

Steffanci joins Allied Domecq Spirits, North America from Diageo, where he was senior vice-president and general manager of the company's largest business unit.

In other news, Baltika Brewing Company (BBC)'s president Taimuraz Bolloev yesterday announced his intention to resign. Bolloev has been the president of Russian Baltika for the past 13 years, and will stand down at the end of the year.

"On behalf of BBH, we would like to pay tribute to Mr Bolloev's achievements over the last 13 years,"​ said Christian Ramm-Schmidt, president of Baltic Beverages Holding, BBC's parent company, and chairman of the Baltika board of directors.

"Mr Bolloev is leaving the Baltika business in tremendously good shape."

And finally, Starbucks Coffee​ has promoted of Dorothy Kim​, currently senior vice president of global logistics & procurement, to executive vice president of supply chain & coffee operations (SCCO). Kim will assume leadership of SCCO from Ted Garcia, who is retiring after 10 years with Starbucks.

Kim will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of SCCO, which include the global strategic business management of manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, distribution, planning and transportation; supply chain integrated systems; inventory management and worldwide sourcing of coffee.

"Dorothy has been an important member of my team over the last five years,"​ said Garcia. "I can say without hesitation that there is no one in the Supply Chain field more qualified, or ready, to lead this world-class team at Starbucks."

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