PepsiAmericas, announced yesterday that Kathryn Koessel, vice president, investor relations, has decided to leave the company effective June 3, 2005.

Koessel, who has held this position since 2003, is leaving PepsiAmericas to pursue other opportunities, the company said.

"Kathryn has been a valuable resource for our investors and the analyst community that follows PepsiAmericas. During her tenure, she has strengthened and expanded the scope of our investor relations efforts," said Alex Ware, chief financial officer. "We regret her departure and wish her well."

Ware will oversee Investor Relations, until Kathryn's replacement is announced.