SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Mark Tanner, vice president and chief financial officer of Pepsi-Cola International, has joined the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics as chief financial officer.

Tanner, 43, will have the responsibility of overseeing the $1 billion budget. He will take over for Jerry McClain, who has been acting chief financial officer since September 1997, when SLOC's top financial officials, Gordon Crabtree and Scott Green, resigned.

``It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,'' Tanner said Wednesday. ``We have an opportunity to execute the Games very well. The key to being fiscally responsible is to be careful to have the money before you spend it.''

McClain will remain with SLOC as director of business development, concentrating on identifying new sources of funding.

Tanner will assume his new duties in late February after the Nagano Games and following the approval of his appointment by SLOC's board of trustees.