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Heinz Watties Australasia Media Release

Heinz Watties Australasia Media Release


MEDIA RELEASE 14TH JUNE 2002

Heinz Wattie's Australasia Ltd has changed its management structure to re-established the Kiwi management for its New Zealand operations. Peter Lucas who was previously Managing Director of Tegel Foods Ltd becomes C.E.O of Heinz New Zealand responsible for the Wattie's and Tegel businesses.

Peter Lucas will report directly to Dick Wamhoff, area Vice President for Asia Pacific who will be supported by a corporate office based in Melbourne.

Reporting to Peter Lucas will be Bruce Scott, who has taken over as Managing Director of Tegel Foods and Nigel Comer who as Managing Director of Heinz Wattie's in New Zealand has now been given responsibility for all Wattie's operations in New Zealand.

Bruce Scott has been associated with Tegel Foods since 1986 progressing through various financial, general management, operations and procurement roles to his new position as Managing Director. Bruce Scott's most recent role was Operations Manager - Feeds.

Nigel Comer started with Wattie's Group in 1980 and has held various positions in human resources, distribution, sales & marketing and general management. Nigel has been Managing Director of Heinz Wattie's New Zealand since May 2001. These changes are a positive step for the experienced team leading the Heinz business in New Zealand and re-establish Kiwi management of two of New Zealand's icon brands - Wattie's and Tegel.

The changes will allow better integration of each of the New Zealand businesses and speed up the execution of a wide range of initiatives to deliver even better value to their customers and consumers both in New Zealand and overseas.

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