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Heinz announces new senior leadership team

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Pittsburgh, Pa., USA - June 21, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA - Following the completion of the acquisition of Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, H.J. Heinz company announced the company’s new senior leadership team.

Paulo Basilio is appointed Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Basilio 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 SVP and Chief People Officer.

Most recently, Ms. Clark served as President of Heinz Canada. Previously she was Chief Strategy Officer at World Headquarters. Formerly, Ms. Clark served as the Group Vice President of Meals and Snacks for Heinz North America. Prior to joining Heinz, she worked at Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in marketing and sales. Ms. Clark joined Heinz in 2000.

Brendan Foley is appointed Zone President of Heinz North America.

Mr. 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, Mr. Foley worked at General Mills in marketing for four years, and before that, he spent eight years in advertising. Mr. Foley joined Heinz in 1998.

Matt Hill is appointed Zone President of Heinz Europe.

For the past year, Mr. Hill was President of Heinz UK & Ireland. Mr. Hill joined Heinz as Chief Marketing Officer for the UK & Ireland business after spending 17 years at Unilever in a variety of UK, European and Global marketing roles. In 2011, Mr. Hill was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of the UK & 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, he 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. Mr. Keatings joined Heinz in 1994.

Emin Mammadov is appointed Zone President of Heinz Russia, Turkey, and Middle East & Africa.

Mr. 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, Mr. Mammadov spent more than eight years at Procter & Gamble mostly in Turkey and other emerging markets. Mr. Mammadov joined Heinz in 2006.

Michael Mullen will continue as SVP of Corporate & Government Affairs. Mr. Mullen joined Heinz in 1998.

Eduardo Pelleissone joins Heinz as EVP 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 COO, Managing Director and General Manager of Agricultural Products. Before joining ALL, Mr. Pelleissone held several positions at Glencore Importadora e Exportadora SA.

Fernando Pocaterra is appointed Zone President of Heinz Latin America.

Since 2005, Mr. Pocaterra 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, Mr. Pocaterra worked for four years in the Marketing Department at Procter & Gamble in Venezuela. Mr. Pocaterra is a 32-year Heinz veteran.

Hein Schumacher is appointed Zone President of Heinz Asia Pacific.

Mr. Schumacher has been President of Heinz China since 2011. Previously, he held positions including VP of Finance for Heinz Europe, Chief Strategy Officer for Heinz WHQ, VP of Business Process Improvement for Keystone and CFO of Heinz Continental Europe. Before Heinz, Mr. Schumacher worked across various countries for both Royal Ahold and Unilever. He joined Heinz in 2003.

Dan Shaw is appointed General Counsel.

Mr. Shaw has been Deputy General Counsel since 2009. He is a 32-year Heinz veteran.

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