Heinz Selects Dave Woodward to Lead North American Business
06/26/2012 – PITTSBURGH (Business Wire) – H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) today announced that Dave Woodward has been appointed Executive Vice President in charge of Heinz North America, effective immediately.
“Dave Woodward is a proven, results-oriented leader who has distinguished himself over the last six years by driving the exceptional performance of our business in the UK & Ireland, the Company’s second-largest market,” said William R. Johnson, Heinz Chairman, President and CEO. “I expect Dave to lead Heinz North America to new levels of success by leveraging his proven expertise in marketing and innovation, and his keen understanding of consumer behavior.”
Woodward was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Company’s Rest of World segment on May 1, 2012. That promotion reflected his success in driving strong results in the UK & Ireland, where he served as president since 2006. In January 2011, his role was expanded to include Africa and the Middle East.
Woodward, 47, succeeds Scott O’Hara as President and CEO of Heinz North America, reporting directly to William R. Johnson. O’Hara is leaving Heinz to pursue other opportunities after six years with the Company. He was named President and CEO of Heinz North America in July 2009 after holding a similar post at Heinz Europe for three years.
“I want to thank Scott for his dedicated service to Heinz and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Johnson said.
Heinz expects to appoint a new leader for the Company’s Rest of World segment, which includes Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, shortly.
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