CHICAGO — McDonald’s has hired PepsiCo comms leader Jon Banner as the company’s new chief impact officer.

Banner, who spent a decade at PepsiCo, will oversee sustainability & ESG, government relations and public policy, communications and international corporate relations functions, as well as Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Banner, who starts Sept. 6, will report directly to CEO Chris Kempczinski and serve on McDonald’s global senior leadership team. He replaces Katie Beirne Fallon, who left the fast-food giant in July to serve as Fidelity Investments executive VP of communications, public affairs and policy.

“In getting to know Jon, it was immediately clear that his passion for McDonald's is matched only by his deep and abiding values, his people-first leadership style, his geopolitical acumen, and his vast network and expertise stewarding global brands in today's dynamic operating environment,” Kempczinski wrote in a staff memo.

Banner spent more than eight of his 10 years at PepsiCo overseeing the food and beverage company’s comms function as executive VP of communications and president of PepsiCo Foundation. In that role, he worked closely with the company's sustainability and government affairs teams, co-created the company's sustainability vision, PepsiCo Positive (pep+), and reimagined the Foundation's global strategy towards advancing a more sustainable food system.

Prior to PepsiCo, he spent the majority of his career as an ABC News executive producer.