Justin Whitmore, a Tyson Foods executive, will become Keurig Dr Pepper's chief strategy officer effective March 1.
He will join the executive leadership team and be responsible for enterprise strategy work, such as mergers, acquisitions and corporate partnerships, the U.S. beverage company announced.
Keurig Dr Pepper is known for its namesake brands as well as Canada Dry, Snapple and more than 120 others.
Whitmore has a record of delivering transformative results and "we're excited to welcome him," Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Gamgort said in a statement.
Whitmore oversaw Tyson's alternative proteins business and was previously executive vice president of corporate strategy and chief sustainability officer -- a role that was given to John R. Tyson.
Whitmore has been recognized by CNN as one of the top 20 business leaders and by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.