The CEO of PepsiCo's International division has announced his intention to retire.

Mike White, who was interviewed exclusively by just-drinks last year, confirmed late last week that he will retire as PepsiCo vice chairman and CEO of PepsiCo International later this year, having served the company at board level since 2006.

PepsiCo will subsequently split White's role in two, with Zein Abdalla becoming CEO of PepsiCo Europe and Saad Abdul-Latif, becoming CEO of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East, Africa. Both will report to PepsiCo's chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi.

White, who joined PepsiCO in 1990 will continue with the company as it works to integrate PepsiAmericas and Pepsi Bottling Group "over the coming months", the company said. PepsiCo secured the acquisitions of both bottlers last month.

"Among many achievements, he (White) has led a dramatic transformation of our international business, helping to grow total sales outside North America to close to US$20bn, from less than $8bn in 2003," said Nooyi.

"I am very grateful for his contribution, and I wish him the very best in the future."