Kimberly-Clark hires PepsiCo SVP Chris Wyse for top comms job

Wyse had overseen comms for PepsiCo's complementary food and beverage brand portfolio in North America since summer 2014.

Chris Wyse
Chris Wyse

IRVING, TX: Kimberly-Clark has named PepsiCo SVP Christopher Wyse as its VP of communications, a role with global comms oversight.

Wyse started in the position this week, reporting to Anthony Palmer, Kimberly-Clark’s president of global brands, innovation, and marketing. The number of staffers Wyse oversees has not yet been determined, but he confirmed he has global accountability for the company’s comms function.

Wyse said he is responsible for both corporate brand PR and internal and executive communications.

He replaced Ken Smalling, who served as Kimberly-Clark’s VP and CCO, according to Bob Brand, the company’s director of external communications. Smalling departed the CPG company last June to become president and COO at Anchor Point Strategies, according to his LinkedIn account.

Kimberly-Clark has a footprint in 175 countries. Its global brands include Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend.

Wyse departed his role as PepsiCo’s SVP of communications for North America, overseeing comms across the company’s complementary food and beverage brand portfolio, earlier this month.

It was not immediately clear who is replacing Wyse at PepsiCo.

Before he was promoted to his most recent role in August 2014, Wyse served as VP of communications for PepsiCo America Foods. He joined PepsiCo as VP of public affairs for Frito-Lay in 2010. Prior, Wyse served in various senior comms roles at Whirlpool, which he joined in 1994, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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