February 20/Pittsburgh -- H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) has announced that Margaret R. Nollen is joining the company as Vice President, Investor Relations, replacing Jack Runkel who has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Business Services.

"I am very pleased that Meg will be joining us and bringing her extensive skills in investor relations to Heinz. Her experience and enthusiasm will be important as we continue to enhance shareholder value," said Art Winkleblack, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "I also want to thank Jack Runkel, who has been a strong leader of the investor relations function during the past 8 years. We thank him for his remarkable service and wish him well in his new role as Vice President of Business Services."

Nollen joins Heinz with more than 20 years experience in finance and administration, including 10 years direct investor relations experience. She most recently was employed at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where she served as Vice President, Investor Relations until the company was acquired and taken private by Koch Industries L.L.C. Prior to that post, Ms. Nollen was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations for Dynegy Inc. where she received numerous awards, including Investor Relations Magazine's Best Disclosure Policy in 2002 and Grand Prix for Best Overall Investor Relations for a large-cap company in 2001. Ms. Nollen has served in increasingly senior roles in the consumer and forest products, energy, higher-education and banking industries.

Nollen is active within the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), having recently served as President of the NIRI Atlanta Chapter. Ms. Nollen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her MBA from Texas State University.