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Collins Retiring From Keurig Dr Pepper, Per Merger Plans

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Rodger Collins, president of direct store delivery for Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., will be retiring from the company, consistent with succession plans established at the time Keurig and Dr Pepper merged.

Collins will remain with the company as a consultant following his retirement in mid-July. Dr Pepper is based in Plano, Texas; Keurig is based in Burlington, Massachusetts.

KDP Chief Commercial Officer Derek Hopkins will assume leadership of the company’s direct store delivery (DSD) operation, with David McMichael reporting to Hopkins as SVP of DSD. McMichael has been with the company for more than 30 years in a number of leadership roles, most recently as head of KDP’s southern DSD business unit.

“Rodger’s knowledge and extensive experience have been invaluable to the company during this pivotal time following the merger,” KDP Chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort said. “On behalf of the KDP team and our board, we thank him for his extraordinary leadership and congratulate him on a successful and rewarding career. He transitions our DSD operations into the capable hands of Derek, who has a proven track record of successful commercial leadership, and David, who has strong sales capabilities and broad knowledge of the KDP DSD organization.”

Additionally, Meg Newman, KDP chief human resources officer, has made the decision to resign from the company to return full-time to Atlanta to seek opportunities closer to her home. Newman will remain with KDP through June, during which time the company expects to name a replacement.

“Meg has been a terrific partner in working to create our new KDP organization and culture,” Gamgort said. “While she will be greatly missed, we respect and support her decision and appreciate the significant contributions she has made at KDP to build a first-class HR function. We wish her all the best.”

Keurig Dr Pepper has annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. Its key brands include Keurig, Dr Pepper, Core, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Canada Dry, Snapple, Bai, Mott’s and The Original Donut Shop. The company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

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