Pepsi-QTG Canada has appointed a new president. The company announced yesterday that Tom Bené will succeed Greg Shearson as president of the company. Shearson was recently named president of Tropicana Beverages North America as part of a realignment of PepsiCo Beverages & Foods.

Formerly chief operating officer of SoBe, which Pepsi acquired in 2001, Bené is a 15-year Pepsi veteran with a range of experience across diverse retail channels and business disciplines.

In a statement, Gary Rodkin, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Beverages & Foods said: "Tom is ideally suited to sustain Pepsi-QTG Canada's momentum and lead the Canadian operations to new heights in the marketplace. His track record with SoBe, which more than doubled its previous best annual profit in 2003, is a testament to Tom's capabilities and his drive."

Prior to running SoBe, Bené worked in several senior sales and marketing roles with Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA), including vice president of Marketplace Initiative Development, vice president of National Retail Sales and vice president of the Southeast Division. He also held various sales and general management positions on the bottling side of PCNA.

Greg Shearson, who led the Canadian business unit over the last three years - first as president of QTG Canada and then as president of the merged company, Pepsi-QTG Canada - will go on to lead PepsiCo's combined juices business unit in Chicago.

"Greg made a major contribution to the success of the Canadian company, and thanks to his leadership, Tom is inheriting a strong Canadian business unit poised for continued growth," said Rodkin.