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H.J. HEINZ COMPANY APPOINTS AREA DIRECTOR-ASIA/PACIFIC

 PITTSBURGH, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Walter G. Schmid has been appointed area director-Asia/Pacific for H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ).
 Schmid will be responsible for Heinz operations and affiliates throughout Asia and in Australia and New Zealand.
 "Walter Schmid brings to this newly created position a wealth of experience and insight into the global food industry. He will be developing new markets for Heinz products throughout Asia," noted Heinz Chairman, President and CEO Anthony J.F. O'Reilly in making the announcement. "Additionally, he will be overseeing Heinz Investments in Australasia, including Heinz-Australia and the newly acquired Wattie's Limited in New Zealand.
 "Mr. Schmid's mandates in Australasia will be to insure our low-cost operator status by attacking our cost base, developing exports to Asia from the region and growing the Heinz and Wattie's businesses. In short, we expect the Asian region to be a key contributor in our future growth," Dr. O'Reilly said.
 Schmid is based in Sydney and will have correspondent offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Toyko.
 Early in his career, Schmid was employed by Dow Chemical and Ford Motor Company. He joined Heinz in 1974 and has had various positions of responsibility in the finance and corporate development areas. Schmid most recently was area director-Australasia. Prior to this, he was vice president-corporate planning at Heinz World Headquarters in Pittsburgh.
 Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Schmid received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and his M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1971.
 Schmid, his wife Leslie, and their two sons will reside in Sydney.
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