Kraft Heinz Co. Announces New Senior Leadership Team
The Kraft Heinz Co.'s senior leadership team marks another major milestone in the soon-to-be-completed merger with a new leadership team, effective upon the close of the merger transaction.
Paulo Basilio was appointed executive vice president and CFO, responsible for all the finance functions and investor relations area.Basilio joined Heinz in June 2013 as chief financial officer.
Matt Hill was appointed zone president of Europe. Hill has been zone president of Heinz Europe since June 2013. Prior to his current appointment, Hill was president of Heinz UK and Ireland, and joined Heinz in 2010 as chief marketing officer for Heinz UK.
Emin Mammadov was appointed zone president of Russia, India and Middle East, Turkey and Africa (RIMEA). Mammadov joined Heinz in 2006 as marketing director for Heinz Russia and has been president of RIMEA since 2013.
Michael Mullen was appointed senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, responsible for leading internal and external communications, CSR and government affairs as well as the company’s foundation, real estate and facilities. Mullen joined Heinz in 1998.
Eduardo Pelleissone was appointed executive vice president of global operations, tasked with direct accountability for the company's supply chain, quality, procurement and operations functions in North America and globally. Pelleissone joined Heinz in July 2013 as head of operations.
Marcos Romaneiro was appointed zone president of Asia Pacific. Romaneiro has been zone president of Heinz Asia Pacific since June 2014. He joined Heinz in 2013 as senior vice president of global finance.
Francisco Sa was appointed zone president of Latin America. Sa joined Heinz in June 2014 as zone president of Heinz Latin America, and was zone president for AB InBev's Latin America South business from 2012-2014.
Jim Savina was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, responsible for leading the company's legal functions, including corporate governance and securities, transactions, regulatory, intellectual property, litigation and labor and employment. Savina joined Kraft in 2013, serving in legal leadership positions and as chief compliance officer.
Melissa Werneck was appointed senior vice president of global human resources, performance and IT. Werneck joined Heinz in July 2013 to lead Heinz's talent development and the integrated management system, which includes the management by objectives (MBO) program.
George Zoghbi was appointed chief operating officer of U.S. commercial business, where he will lead the company's more than $19 billion U.S. business comprised of five commercial business units. Zoghbi has been COO at Kraft since February 2015. He joined Kraft in 2007 as vice president and area director of Australia and New Zealand.
Given the size of the combined business, Canada will now become a stand-alone zone, reporting directly to Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer for Heinz. The president of Canada will be announced in August.
Eduardo Luz was appointed president of the U.S. ketchup, condiments, sauces, dressings and frozen business. Luz joined Heinz in June 2013, and has served as zone president of Heinz North America.
Joe Fragnito was promoted to president of the U.S. beverages and snack nuts business. Fragnito joined Kraft in 2000, and most recently was vice president of marketing for meal combinations, including Lunchables.
Howard Friedman was appointed president of the U.S. cheese and dairy business. Friedman joined Kraft in 1997, and most recently served as president of Kraft's U.S. cheese and dairy division. Previously, he was a president in the Kraft sales organization.
Mark Magnesen was appointed president of the U.S. meat business. Magnesen joined Kraft in 1991, and most recently served as president of the Oscar Mayer division, which includes management of Oscar Mayer and Lunchables.
Tom Lopez was promoted to president of the U.S. meal solutions and desserts business. Lopez joined Kraft in 1999, and most recently was vice president of marketing for refreshment beverages.
David Toy was promoted to president of U.S. foodservice. Toy joined Heinz in 2008, and most recently served as managing director of Heinz's North American foodservice business.
Sergio Nahuz was promoted to head of U.S. sales. Nahuz joined Heinz in July 2013 as chief financial officer of Heinz Europe, and most recently served as managing director of Heinz's U.S. consumer products business.
Andre Maciel was promoted to head of U.S. commercial finance, including U.S. budget and business planning (BBP), zero based budgeting (ZBB) and revenue management. Maciel joined Heinz in 2013 as the global leader of BBP and revenue management.
Nina Barton was promoted to senior vice president of marketing innovation, research and development. Barton joined Kraft in 2011, and most recently served as vice president of marketing for coffee.
Diane Johnson May, executive vice president of human resources at Kraft, will leave in December after 35 years with the company.
Tom Corley, executive vice president, U.S. sales at Kraft, will work with Sergio Nahuz, head of U.S. sales during a transition period until November.
The company also announced the departures of the following Kraft executives:
James Kehoe, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Kim Rucker, executive vice president, corporate and legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary; Robert Gorski, executive vice president, integrated supply chain; Jane Hilk, chief marketing officer and president, beverages and snack nuts; Dave Ciesinski, president of meal solutions; Fred Paglia, president, foodservice and U.S. growth channels; and Chuck Davis, executive vice president, research, development, quality and innovation. Meanwhile, Chris Kempczinski, executive vice president, growth and president, international, will remain with the company until September to assist the Kraft Canadian and overseas business transition. He will also assist with the integration in Canada, and support the rollout of Kraft brands outside North America. He was named to his current position earlier this year.