Food and beverage giant Kraft Heinz has named Rashida La Lande as its new global general counsel and corporate secretary, effective in mid-January 2018. She will replace Jim Savina, who has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.

In this role, La Lande will lead the company’s Legal function, including corporate governance and securities, transactions, regulatory, intellectual property, litigation, and labor and employment.

Currently a partner at law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, La Lande brings expertise that includes mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private equity deals, and joint ventures. She has 18 years of experience representing companies and private equity sponsors in the consumer products, retail, financial services, and technology industries.