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HJ Heinz Company Announces New Senior Leadership Team

HJ Heinz Company Announces New Senior Leadership Team
June 24
09:06 2013

Following the successful completion of the $23 billion acquisition of Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital on June 7, Heinz has unveiled its new senior leadership team under Chief Executive Bernardo Hees. The management changes also entail the departure of eleven executives.

Amongst the new appointments, Matt Hill has been named as Zone President of Heinz Europe. For the past year, Matt was President of Heinz UK & Ireland. Matt joined Heinz as Chief Marketing Officer for the UK & Ireland business after spending 17 years at Unilever in a variety of UK, European and Global marketing roles. In 2011, Matt was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of the UK & Ireland with responsibility for day-to-day business operations. Matt joined Heinz in 2010.

Brendan Foley has been appointed Zone President of Heinz North America. Brendan was most recently President of US Consumer Products. While at Heinz, Brendan has held various positions including Marketing Director of Global Ketchup & Sauces, President of US Foodservice and Group Vice President of Marketing for Frozen Meals and Snacks for US Consumer Products. Prior to joining Heinz, Brendan worked at General Mills in marketing for four years, and before that, he spent eight years in advertising. Brendan joined Heinz in 1998.

Other appointments include Paulo Basilio as Chief Financial Officer. Paulo is a partner at 3G Capital and previously served as CEO of America Latina Logistica (ALL) from 2010 to September 2012, after having served as ALL’s COO, CFO, Commercial Officer and Analyst.

Kristen Clark has been appointed SVP and Chief People Officer. In this role, Kristen will direct the worldwide Human Resources function. Most recently, Kristen served as President of HeinzCanada. Previously Kristen was Chief Strategy Officer at World Headquarters. Formerly, Kristen served as the Group Vice President of Meals and Snacks for Heinz North America. Prior to joining Heinz, Kristen worked at Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in marketing and sales. Kristen joined Heinz in 2000. Kristen will report temporarily to Bernardo Hees until the open position of EVP of HR, IT and Performance is named.

Andy Keatings, Chief Quality Officer, joins the senior leadership team. As the Chief Quality Officer, Andy is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of food safety and quality in all of Heinz’s products globally. He is also responsible for global risk assessment and management, ensuring consistent product performance globally and driving continuous improvement. Andy joined Heinz in 1994. Andy will have a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Emin Mammadov is appointed Zone President of Heinz Russia, Turkey, and Middle East & Africa. Emin most recently served as President, Heinz Africa & Middle East, where he focused on accelerating Heinz’s growth in the Emerging Markets. Emin joined Heinz as Marketing Director for Heinz Russia and has since held the roles of Commercial Director, Heinz Russia, followed by an assignment in China as Managing Director, Heinz Foodstar & Heinz Sauces. Prior to joining Heinz, Emin spent more than eight years at Procter & Gamble mostly inTurkeyand other emerging markets. Emin joined Heinz in 2006.

Michael Mullen will continue as SVP of Corporate & Government Affairs. Michael is responsible for all global internal and external communications, government affairs and corporate reputation management. Michael will continue to serve as the Company’s chief media spokesperson and will have responsibility for the HJ Heinz Company Foundation. Michael joined Heinz in 1998.

Eduardo Pelleissone joins Heinz as EVP of Operations following 14 years with America Latina Logistica (ALL), where he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer. Previously he held the roles of COO, Managing Director and General Manager of Agricultural Products. Before joining ALL, Mr. Pelleissone held several positions at Glencore Importadora e Exportadora SA. Eduardo will have responsibility for supply chain, procurement and operations.

Fernando Pocaterra is appointed Zone President of Heinz Latin America. Since 2005, Fernando has been Area Director of Heinz Latin America. Previously, Fernando was President of Heinz Venezuela and Chief Operating Officer of Heinz Italy. Prior to joining Heinz, Fernando worked for four years in the Marketing Department at Procter & Gamble in Venezuela. Fernando is a 32-year Heinz veteran.

Hein Schumacher is appointed Zone President of Heinz Asia Pacific. Hein has been President of Heinz China since 2011. Previously, he held positions including VP of Finance for Heinz Europe, Chief Strategy Officer for Heinz WHQ, VP of Business Process Improvement for Keystone and CFO of Heinz Continental Europe. Before Heinz, Hein worked across various countries for both Royal Ahold and Unilever. Hein joined Heinz in 2003.

Dan Shaw is appointed General Counsel. Dan has been Deputy General Counsel since 2009. Dan will be responsible for all legal affairs globally including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, securities law, finance transactions, litigation, and general commercial and regulatory matters. Dan is a 32-year Heinz veteran.

The Company also announced the departures of: Ted Bobby, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; Dave Ciesinski, VP of Transition; Steve Clark, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer; Ed McMenamin, Senior Vice President, Finance; David Moran, Executive Vice President, President & CEO of Heinz North America & Global Infant Nutrition; Meg Nollen, SVP of Strategy & Investor Relations; Bob Ostryniec, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer & Global ERM; Chris Warmoth, Executive Vice President, Heinz Asia Pacific; Dave Woodward, Executive Vice President, President & CEO of Heinz Europe; Roel van Neerbos, President, Heinz Continental Europe; and Diane Owen, SVP, Corporate Audit.

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