People: Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc (DPS.N)
Mr. James L. Baldwin, Jr., is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., since the Company’s spin-off in May 2008. In this role, Jim oversees all legal issues for the company. Jim has played a key strategic role in the company's acquisitions and restructurings. He was involved in the establishment of DPS in 2008 when the company separated from Cadbury Schweppes plc. Previously, he played a central role in consolidating Cadbury Schweppes' North American beverage operations into Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, as well as the subsequent acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Bottling Group and several other bottling and distribution businesses. He also helped lead the acquisition of several of DPS's brands. Jim joined the company in 1997 as assistant general counsel, where he provided support to the Licensing team on strengthening the company's bottling network and route to market. The following year, he was promoted to general counsel for Mott's in Stamford, Conn., where he oversaw the legal aspects of the finished goods business. In June 2002, he relocated to Dallas to head up the legal department at Dr Pepper/Seven Up as senior vice president and general counsel. He was promoted to his current role a year later. Prior to DPS and Cadbury Schweppes, Jim was a partner in the Dallas office of the Houston-based law firm of Hutcheson & Grundy. He began his law career with the firm of Berman, Mitchell, Yeager and Gerber. Jim graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in English from Washington & Lee University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University.
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