Shifts at Heinz
Following the completion of the acquisition of Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital on June 7, Heinz announced the company’s new senior leadership team.
“Today’s leadership announcement further builds on Heinz’s strong foundation for future growth,” said Bernardo Hees, Heinz CEO. “Notably, this announcement demonstrates the power and potential of meritocracy at work here at Heinz. As shown through today’s various internal promotions and appointments, the Company is focused on rewarding and promoting the best and brightest talent in the organization to lead Heinz moving forward. I am thrilled that this world-class group of executives will join me in taking Heinz to new heights while elevating our iconic global brands, offering superior customer service and ensuring that we continue to work collaboratively and efficiently across our global businesses.”
Effective immediately, the Heinz senior leadership team is:
Paulo Basilio, (as announced on June 7), is appointed chief financial officer. He 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 is appointed senior vice president and chief people officer. In this role, Clark will direct the worldwide Human Resources function. Most recently, Clark served as president of Heinz Canada. Previously, she was chief strategy officer at world headquarters. Formerly, she served as the group vice president of Meals and Snacks for Heinz North America. Prior to joining Heinz, Clark worked at Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in marketing and sales. She joined Heinz in 2000. Kristen will report temporarily to Bernardo Hees until the open position of executive vice president of HR, IT and Performance is named.
Brendan Foley is appointed zone president of Heinz North America. Foley was most recently president of U.S. Consumer Products. While at Heinz, he has held various positions, including marketing director of Global Ketchup & Sauces, president of U.S. Foodservice and group vice president of Marketing for Frozen Meals and Snacks for U.S. Consumer Products. Prior to joining Heinz, he worked at General Mills in marketing for four years, and before that, he spent eight years in advertising. He joined Heinz in 1998.
Matt Hill is appointed zone president of Heinz Europe. For the past year, Hill was president of Heinz U.K. & Ireland. He joined Heinz as chief marketing officer for the U.K. & Ireland business after spending 17 years at Unilever in a variety of U.K., European and Global marketing roles. In 2011, Hill was promoted to chief commercial officer of the U.K. and Ireland with responsibility for day-to-day business operations. Matt joined Heinz in 2010.
Andy Keatings, chief quality officer, joins the senior leadership team. As the chief quality officer, Keatings 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. He joined Heinz in 1994 and 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. Mammadov most recently served as president, Heinz Africa & Middle East, where he focused on accelerating Heinz’s growth in the Emerging Markets. He 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, he spent more than eight years at Procter & Gamble, mostly in Turkey and other emerging markets. Emin joined Heinz in 2006.
Michael Mullen will continue as senior vice president of Corporate & Government Affairs. Mullen is responsible for all global internal and external communications, government affairs and corporate reputation management and will continue to serve as the company’s chief media spokesperson and will have responsibility for the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation. He joined Heinz in 1998.
Eduardo Pelleissone joins Heinz as executive vice president 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 chief operating officer, managing director and general manager of Agricultural Products. Before joining ALL, Pelleissone held several positions at Glencore Importadora e Exportadora SA. He will have responsibility for supply chain, procurement and operations.
Fernando Pocaterra is appointed zone president of Heinz Latin America. Since 2005, he has been area director of Heinz Latin America. Previously, he was president of Heinz Venezuela and chief operating officer of Heinz Italy. Prior to joining Heinz, he 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. Schumacher has been president of Heinz China since 2011. Previously, he held positions including vice president of Finance for Heinz Europe, chief strategy officer for Heinz WHQ, vice president of Business Process Improvement for Keystone and chief financial officer of Heinz Continental Europe. Before Heinz, Schumacher worked across various countries for both Royal Ahold and Unilever, prior to joining Heinz in 2003.
Dan Shaw is appointed general counsel. He has been Deputy General Counsel since 2009 and 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. He is a 32-year Heinz veteran.
Successors for vacant Business Unit president roles will be named shortly.