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Carlos Abrams-Rivera (left), and Miguel Patricio (right)

Kraft Heinz Announces New CEO

By Food Safety Tech Staff
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Carlos Abrams-Rivera (left), and Miguel Patricio (right)

The Kraft Heinz Company has appointed Carlos Abrams-Rivera 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.

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. I feel privileged to entrust Carlos with the leadership of this great company, and I am confident that Kraft Heinz is poised for more growth in the years to come.”

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the new CEO of Kraft Heinz. I would like to thank Miguel for his mentorship, all he has done to rekindle the spirit of Kraft Heinz and our culture, and for his partnership, now and in the future,” said Abrams-Rivera. “I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for placing its trust in me. Finally, to the thousands of colleagues across Kraft Heinz that have welcomed and trusted me, I am excited to go into a bright future together.”

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

Conor Kearney

FoodChain ID Announces New CEO

Conor Kearney

Conor Kearney has been appointed CEO of FoodChain ID. He succeeds Brad Riemenapp, who led FoodChain ID as CEO for more than five years before his death due to cancer in May. Kearney joined FoodChain ID in 2021 and most recently served as Interim CEO during Riemenapp’s medical leave of absence.

Kearney previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations. Before joining FoodChain ID, he worked for 11 years at Staples, holding multiple leadership roles, and five years at McKinsey & Company. Kearney earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dartmouth College.

“Conor has already had a significant impact on FoodChain ID. His collaborative leadership style and ability to rally the organization to achieve its goals make him the absolute right person to lead FoodChain ID in the next stage of its growth journey,” said Ted Rainaud, Managing Director at Berkshire Partners.

“Brad was a great mentor to me, and I’m committed to continue building on his vision and delivering on FoodChain ID’s mission to make the food supply chain safer and more transparent,” said Kearney.