Franck Moison Appointed to Heinz Board of Directors

  Franck Moison Appointed to Heinz Board of Directors

Business Wire

PITTSBURGH -- November 14, 2012

H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) today announced that Franck J. Moison, Chief
Operating Officer (COO), Emerging Markets & South Pacific at Colgate-Palmolive
Co., has been appointed to the Heinz Board of Directors, effective January 1,
2013.

Franck J. Moison, 59, has been appointed to the Heinz Board of Directors,
effective Jan. 1, 2013. H ...

Franck J. Moison, 59, has been appointed to the Heinz Board of Directors,
effective Jan. 1, 2013. He is Chief Operating Officer, Emerging Markets &
South Pacific, at Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Photo: Business Wire)

Moison, 59, is one of the two top executives of Colgate-Palmolive under its
Chairman, President and CEO. He was appointed to his current position in 2010,
with expanded responsibility for South Pacific in 2012. Moison was President
of Global Marketing, Supply Chain & Technology from 2007 to 2010. He served as
President, Colgate-Palmolive Greater Europe/South Pacific, from 2005 to 2007.
He joined Colgate in France in 1978 and advanced through marketing and
management positions in Colgate-Europe and at the corporate level.

“As the COO responsible for Colgate’s fastest-growing global markets, Franck
Moison will bring a strong international perspective and a keen understanding
of global consumer trends and products to our Board of Directors,” said
William R. Johnson, Heinz Chairman, President and CEO. “We welcome Franck to
the Board and we look forward to his strategic insights and his expertise as
one of the most accomplished executives in the consumer packaged goods
industry.”

“I am pleased to join the Board of Heinz, a leader in the global packaged
foods industry with a commitment to strong corporate governance,” Moison said.
“I look forward to serving the Company as a Director as Heinz continues to
focus on meeting the changing needs of consumers, driving global growth and
enhancing shareholder value.”

Moison is a native of France and is fluent in English, French, Italian and
German. He earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University
of Michigan and his undergraduate degree at Ecole Des Hautes Etudes
Commerciales du Nord in Lille, France.

His appointment as an independent director expands the Heinz Board to 13
directors.

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  *sales, volume, earnings, or cash flow growth,
  *general economic, political, and industry conditions, including those that
    could impact consumer spending,
  *competitive conditions, which affect, among other things, customer
    preferences and the pricing of products, production, and energy costs,
  *competition from lower-priced private label brands,
  *increases in the cost and restrictions on the availability of raw
    materials, including agricultural commodities and packaging materials, the
    ability to increase product prices in response, and the impact on
    profitability,
  *the ability to identify and anticipate and respond through innovation to
    consumer trends,
  *the need for product recalls,
  *the ability to maintain favorable supplier and customer relationships, and
    the financial viability of those suppliers and customers,
  *currency valuations and devaluations and interest rate fluctuations,
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    impact of these factors on our cost of borrowing and access to capital
    markets,
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    of potential opportunities, such as strategic acquisitions, joint
    ventures, divestitures, and other initiatives, our ability to identify,
    finance, and complete these transactions and other initiatives, and our
    ability to realize anticipated benefits from them,
  *the ability to successfully complete cost reduction programs and increase
    productivity,
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  *new products, packaging innovations, and product mix,
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  *supply chain efficiency,
  *cash flow initiatives,
  *risks inherent in litigation, including tax litigation,
  *the ability to further penetrate and grow and the risk of doing business
    in international markets, particularly our emerging markets; economic or
    political instability in those markets, strikes, nationalization, and the
    performance of business in hyperinflationary environments, in each case
    such as Venezuela; and the uncertain global macroeconomic environment and
    sovereign debt issues, particularly in Europe,
  *changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments and changes in laws
    and regulations, including tax laws,
  *the success of tax planning strategies,
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    people-related costs,
  *the potential adverse impact of natural disasters, such as flooding and
    crop failures, and the potential impact of climate change,
  *the ability to implement new information systems, potential disruptions
    due to failures in information technology systems, and risks associated
    with social media,
  *with regard to dividends, dividends must be declared by the Board of
    Directors and will be subject to certain legal requirements being met at
    the time of declaration, as well as our Board’s view of our anticipated
    cash needs, and
  *other factors described in “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement
    Relevant to Forward-Looking Information” in the Company’s Annual Report on
    Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 29, 2012 and reports on Forms
    10-Q thereafter.

The forward-looking statements are and will be based on management’s then
current views and assumptions regarding future events and speak only as of
their dates. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise, except as required by the securities laws.

ABOUT HEINZ: H.J. Heinz Company, offering “Good Food Every Day”™ is one of the
world’s leading marketers and producers of healthy, convenient and affordable
foods specializing in ketchup, sauces, meals, soups, snacks and infant
nutrition. Heinz provides superior quality, taste and nutrition for all eating
occasions whether in the home, restaurants, the office or “on-the-go.” Heinz
is a global family of leading branded products, including Heinz® Ketchup,
sauces, soups, beans, pasta and infant foods (representing over one third of
Heinz’s total sales), Ore-Ida® potato products, Weight Watchers® Smart Ones®
entrées, T.G.I. Friday’s® snacks, and Plasmon infant nutrition. Heinz is
famous for its iconic brands on six continents, showcased by Heinz® Ketchup,
The World’s Favorite Ketchup®.

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