Soft drinks giant PepsiCo has appointed Tom Bene as president of its Pepsi-Cola North Americas Beverages business.

Bene was most recently senior vice president of sales and system transformation at the division, leading its sales organisation and the development of sales and customer strategies, PepsiCo said yesterday (2 December).

Bene replaces Hugh Johnston who has been named executive vice president for PepsiCo's global operations.

A 20-year PepsiCo veteran, Bene has a broad range of experience across sales, marketing and general management, having previously headed Pepsi-QTG Canada.

Johnson began working at PepsiCo in 1987 and has held numerous M&A, finance and strategy positions in PepsiCo Corporate, and with our Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola divisions. He most recently was president, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (PCNAB), a role he has held since 2007.

PepsiCo last month confirmed it plans to invest US$100m in Egypt next year. The firm said that it would be spent across its food and beverage brands throughout 2010.