Heinz management shake-up to broaden skills of executive team

Posted by James Ferre on 12th June 2009

Heinz has announced a “leadership realignment” involving five top senior executives as part of their process of broadening the capabilities of their leadership team.

The management changes, effective July 15, include a switch in responsibilities of the two current Heinz executives in charge of the Company’s North American and European businesses.

Dave Moran becomes Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Heinz Europe after serving as Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Heinz North America. He will effectively swap positions with Scott O’Hara becomes Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Heinz North America.

Chris Warmoth will continue in his current position of Executive Vice President, Asia/Pacific.  The role was expanded last year following the inclusion of the key markets of Australia and New Zealand. “Under his leadership, Asia Pacific has delivered double-digit growth and recently completed the important acquisition of Golden Circle in Australia, a transaction that grows the Company’s business in Australia and New Zealand to almost $1 billion in sales. Warmoth will also remain focused on maintaining the Company’s strong growth in the emerging markets of Asia,” the company advised.

Mike Milone will continue in his current role as Senior Vice President, Rest of World, Global Infant Nutrition & Enterprise Risk Management and Art Winkleblack will continue as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“Heinz has an exceptionally strong and deep executive leadership team, as these five executives have demonstrated in leading the Company to a year of record sales and profit in Fiscal 2009,” said William Johnson, Chairman, President and CEO. “I look forward to working with these talented executives in the years ahead as we build on the strong momentum and growth that Heinz has achieved over the last three years.”