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Kraft Foods Group announces leadership changes

Staff writer |
Northfield, Il., USA - February 14, 2015, Northfield, Il., USA - Kraft Foods Group, a grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate, announced management changes.

George Zoghbi, currently Vice Chairman, Operations, R&D, Sales and Strategy, has been named Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Zoghbi is Kraft’s COO. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman, Operations, R&D, Sales and Strategy. He held the position from June 2014 to February 2015, overseeing several key business areas including the manufacturing and sales teams, as well as R&D, which drives Kraft’s innovation, product quality improvement and development.

Previously, Mr. Zoghbi served as President of Cheese & Dairy from 2009-2014, in addition to leading Kraft’s global export business.

Mr. Zoghbi began his Kraft career with the company’s global business – now known as Mondelez International – in 2007 as Vice President and Area Director of Australia and New Zealand, where he oversaw all aspects of the regional business.

Prior to joining Kraft, Mr. Zoghbi held a variety of leadership roles at Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter. His accomplishments there included driving for operational excellence, integrating several acquired businesses and delivering growth through new channels.

Chris Kempczinski, who currently leads Kraft’s Canada business unit, will assume an expanded role as Executive Vice President of Growth Initiatives and President of International.

Mr. Kempczinski is EVP of Growth Initiatives and President of International. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President and President of Kraft Canada. He became President of Kraft Canada in July 2012 prior to the company’s spin-off from Mondelez International and was named EVP and President of the Canadian business in January 2014.

During his time with Kraft Canada, Mr. Kempczinski has led the business unit through transformative change with the separation from Mondelez International in October 2012 and later restructuring the organization’s resources to focus on simplification and innovation.

Mr. Kempczinski came to Kraft in 2008 as Senior Vice President overseeing brands in the meals and enhancers categories with iconic brands like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Kraft dressings.

Prior to joining Kraft, he was Vice President of Marketing in the non-carbonated beverages sector of PepsiCo. Before PepsiCo, Mr. Kempczinski was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, focusing predominantly on consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

He spent the first four years of his career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Kempczinski has received numerous marketing awards including 4 Cannes Lions, Emmy nominations, and multiple Effie and Clio awards. For his marketing accomplishments, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement.

Teri List-Stoll, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the role effective February 28, 2015.

Ms. List-Stoll has been with Kraft since Sept. 2013 and led the company’s financial operations, including accounting and reporting, financial planning, treasury, tax, audit and investor relations. Ms. List-Stoll will continue to serve the company as a senior advisor to ensure a smooth transition.

Deanie Elsner, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, will be leaving the organization effective February 28, 2015.

Jane Hilk, Executive Vice President and President, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, has been appointed interim CMO.

Ms. Hilk has held marketing leadership positions across the majority of the company’s product categories and 3 launched ground-breaking advertising campaigns for flagship brands including Oscar Mayer, Planters and Kraft Singles.


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