Kraft Heinz announces leadership transition

Mike Edwards   

News People in Process appointments Carlos Abrams-Rivera CEO Kraft Heinz Miguel Patricio president transition

Carlos Abrams-Rivera (left), and Miguel Patricio (right) (Photo: Business Wire)

The Kraft Heinz Company of Chicago has appointed Carlos Abrams-Rivera as CEO and a member of the Board, effective January 1, 2024. Until then, Abrams-Rivera will continue in his role as president of the North America Zone with the added responsibilities of becoming president of Kraft Heinz, effective immediately.

Abrams-Rivera will take over as CEO from Miguel Patricio, who has served as the company’s CEO since 2019 and chair of the board since 2022. Patricio will transition to the role of non-executive chair of the board on January 1, 2024.

Earlier this summer, Kraft Heinz, Canada’s largest food and beverage company, moved its Canadian headquarters to Queen’s Quay Terminal in downtown Toronto. The new office is a modern workspace designed to increase collaboration, agility, and creativity for its more than 350 employees.

In his role as EVP and president of the North America Zone, Abrams-Rivera has overseen the company’s U.S. and Canadian operations.

“Carlos is the best person to lead the next phase of the company’s transformation,” said Patricio.

“His strategic and innovative mindset is ideal to continue to propel Kraft Heinz forward on our path to greatness. Since joining Kraft Heinz in 2020, he has consistently delivered strong results in the North American retail and away from home businesses. Carlos’ experience in both developed and emerging markets complements our ambition for growth.”

Since 2019, when Patricio joined the company, he has led Kraft Heinz through a period of fundamental change in consumer trends, unprecedented business and global challenges, and consistent periods of top and bottom-line growth, the company says.

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