Hires in Operations and Business Unit Oversight Are Latest Step in Creating a More Agile Growth Company
The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz” or the “Company”) announced today a new step in its transformation journey with three seasoned new members of its North America leadership team. New external additions include Helen Davis, SVP and Head of North America Operations, and Rebecca Dunphey, SVP and President of Fresh, Beverages and Desserts. Simon Laroche, an internal hire, will assume the role of SVP, President of Canada and North America Coffee.
The new appointments to critical leadership positions reflect the company’s commitment to driving long-term sustainable growth with best-in-class talent. With extensive functional expertise and a focus on building a culture of ownership and creativity, each leader will bring new capabilities to help steer Kraft Heinz through its ongoing transformation.
“The addition of Helen, Rebecca and Simon to the North America leadership team is a huge step in our growth agenda,” said Carlos Abrams-Rivera, North America Zone President for Kraft Heinz. “Each brings world-class talent, and I’m confident this empowered team will help us drive our unique Kraft Heinz culture and create a space to innovate, strengthen our competitive advantages, and unlock our power of one team harnessing greatness.”
Helen Davis joins Kraft Heinz with more than 25 years of experience leading Operations and Supply Chain for major CPG companies across diverse geographies. Most recently, Helen worked as Head of Supply Chain North America Beauty, Wellbeing and Personal Care at Unilever. In her new role as SVP and Head of North America Operations, Helen will lean on her rich experience of leading complex global companies through challenging supply chain environments and modernizing her teams with new tools and team structures. After also leading several end-to-end functions while at Estée Lauder, Coca-Cola, and Reckitt Benckiser, Helen is well positioned to bring an innovative, strategic, and collaborative approach to Kraft Heinz.
As the new SVP and President of Fresh, Beverages and Desserts in North America, Rebecca Dunphey joins Kraft Heinz to oversee some of the company’s most iconic brands. Most recently, Dunphey worked at The Clorox Company, where she was Group President for its Care & Connection division, leading seven business units. She also served as the executive sponsor of the Clorox Sustainability Program. With more than 20 years of experience, Dunphey also held several international and U.S. business unit leadership roles at Kimberly-Clark and Unilever. In her new role, she will help drive positive share growth by developing evolved brand strategies and through innovation.
Simon Laroche has been with Kraft Heinz for more than four years, most recently in the role of President of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan (ANJ), where he led a team of about 2,500 employees. He’s returning to his home country of Canada, where he’ll be SVP and President of Canada and the North America Coffee Business. Simon brings more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, including nearly 14 years at Labatt Breweries of Canada, where he held several roles, including VP of Sales for the Canadian market. Laroche will be based in the Kraft Heinz Toronto office.
Davis, Dunphey and Laroche will all report to Abrams-Rivera. Davis has already assumed her new role; Dunphey starts at Kraft Heinz on Aug. 14 and Laroche will begin his new role on Aug. 21.
ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
We are driving transformation at The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC), inspired by our Purpose, Let’s Make Life Delicious. Consumers are at the center of everything we do. With 2022 net sales of approximately $26 billion, we are committed to growing our iconic and emerging food and beverage brands on a global scale. We leverage our scale and agility to unleash the full power of Kraft Heinz across a portfolio of six consumer-driven product platforms. As global citizens, we’re dedicated to making a sustainable, ethical impact while helping feed the world in healthy, responsible ways. Learn more about our journey by visiting www.kraftheinzcompany.com or following us on LinkedIn and Twitter.