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announced a pair of high-level executive change-ups, and

Goldman Sachs

lowered its price target on the international beverage and snack company.

Pepsi said late Wednesday that Eric J. Foss, CEO of Pepsi Beverages Co. (PBC), a major operating division of the company, will retire, effective Dec. 9.

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Foss, 53, has held the post since February 2010, joining Pepsi through the merger of its North American bottling operations. Previously he had served as CEO of the publicly traded

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Separately, Pepsi announced that it tapped Albert (Al) P. Carey as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, effective immediately. Carey, 60, reports to Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi. The 30-year company veteran most recently served as CEO of Frito-Lay North America.

Early Thursday, analysts from Goldman Sachs lowered their price target on Pepsi by $3 to $71, but maintained a neutral rating on the stock.

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The price target reduction was attributed to expected foreign exchange rates and a lower price-to-earnings multiple.

"Although the valuation gap between


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vs. PepsiCo has widened to 22% (versus 10-year average of 4%), we do not expect the gap to narrow in the near-term given the lingering challenges in its U.S. beverage operation," Goldman noted.

Goldman also cut its fiscal 2011 earnings-per-share estimate by 3 cents to $4.40, and its fiscal 2012 EPS estimate on Pepsi by 9 cents to $4.75.

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Shares of Pepsi fell 0.7% to $61.15 in morning trading Thursday.

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