Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 14, 2019 (January 12, 2019)



Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)





File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


53 South Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)



(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

Not Applicable


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On January 12, 2019, Lambertus J.H. Becht, resigned as Chairman of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (the “Company”) and as a director of the Company. Mr. Becht’s resignation was not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.


On January 13, 2019, the Board appointed Mr. Robert J. Gamgort, Board member and current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, to the additional role of Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.


On January 13, 2019, the Board appointed Fabien Simon as a member of the Board, effective immediately to fill the vacancy created as a result of the resignation of Mr. Becht, to serve for an initial term to expire at the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal.  No decision has been made with respect to the naming of Mr. Simon to any committees of the Board. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Simon and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Simon was appointed as a director. There are no related party transactions between the Company and Mr. Simon, and as of the date hereof Mr. Simon does not own any shares of the Company’s common stock.  Mr. Simon will participate in the compensation arrangements for non-employee directors as described in the Form 8-K filed by the Company on July 9, 2018.


A copy of the press release announcing the resignation of Mr. Becht and the appointments of Mr. Gamgort and Mr. Simon is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)  Exhibits .










Press Release dated January 14, 2019






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.




Dated: January 14, 2019






/s/ James L. Baldwin



James L. Baldwin



Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary



Exhibit 99.1



Bob Gamgort Named Keurig Dr Pepper Executive Chairman of the Board


BURLINGTON, Mass. and PLANO, Texas — January 14, 2019 — Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE: KDP) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected CEO Bob Gamgort as Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Gamgort was the principal architect behind the successful transformation of Keurig Green Mountain (KGM) and subsequent merger with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which created Keurig Dr Pepper. Mr. Gamgort assumes the role of Chairman from Bart Becht, who is stepping down from the Board in conjunction with his retirement from JAB, KDP’s controlling shareholder.


The KDP Board of Directors also appointed Fabien Simon, JAB’s recently named Partner and Chief Financial Officer, as a director, assuming Mr. Becht’s seat on the KDP Board.  Mr. Simon most recently was CFO of Jacobs Douwe Egberts (“JDE”), where he led the company’s M&A strategy and helped oversee the integration of the coffee business of Mondelez into Douwe Egberts to create JDE.


Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig ® , Dr Pepper ® , Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ® , Canada Dry ® , Snapple ® , Bai ® , Mott’s ®  and The Original Donut Shop ® . The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America. For more information, visit www.keurigdrpepper.com.




Steve Alexander
T: 972-673-6769/ steve.alexander@dpsg.com


Katie Gilroy
T: 781-418-3345/ katie.gilroy@keurig.com