Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo, Inc. 

David Yawman joined PepsiCo in 1998, where he held multiple legal roles and spent two years as Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer before becoming General Counsel in 2017. Before joining Pepsi, he was an Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. David is also Chairman of the Board of the Pro Bono Partnership.

“Both the consumers of our products and our employee population are hugely and widely diverse; we are essentially all of society,” David said in a recent interview. “So we make it a factor in acquiring outside legal services to see both firms and then the teams of partners and lawyers that work on our matters be diverse.”  

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, David created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read David's pledge here

PepsiCo prides itself on being a long-time supporter of diversity. They were the first major company to appoint an African-American vice president and recently received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. One of PepsiCo's more recent diversity initiatives is a targeted leadership and gender diversity program for female employees in Saudi Arabia.

Joined LCLD 2010 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program 
Fellows nominated:
2011: Brian Nurse  

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2020: Brandon Burke, Christopher Austin, Enyu Li, Chijioke Uwandu, Daniel Frea, Matthew Chang, Herschel Bowens; 2019: Meredith Bennett-Swanson, Muryum Khalid, Spencer Peoples, JaKayla DaBera; 2018: Yanna Banks, Yudiana Gonzales, Fariha Syed, Courtney Woods; 2017: Mehreen Ahmed, Aaron Diggins, Chan Tov McNamarah, Alexis Romero, Cameasha Turner; 2016: Stephanie Amador, Zachary Bailey, Merissa Pico, Lindsay Richardson

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016 

Annual Meeting (2020, 2016) 

Member: David Yawman