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KRAFT GENERAL FOODS NAMES SMEDS AND DOWD TO EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

 NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraft General Foods (KGF) announced today that it has named Edward W. Smeds as president, customer service and operations for KGF North America. The company also appointed William J. Dowd as executive vice president and general manager, customer service for KGF North America.
 "Over the past few years, KGF has made considerable progress in building our customer service and logistics capabilities," said Richard P. Mayer, chairman and chief executive officer of KGF North America. "We have designated customer service as a line business unit, and in recognition of the strategic importance of this effort, we are appointing Ed Smeds and Bill Dowd to these senior positions."
 Smeds' overall responsibility for customer service includes order processing, logistics, and administration. He also has responsibility for purchasing and operations. Smeds, 57, has been with KGF for 31 years, serving as senior vice president, human resources, chief financial and administration officer for Kraft; as president of Asia/Pacific; chairman and managing director of Kraft Australia; president of Kraft Canada; executive vice president, operations and technology for KGF Canada; and most recently as senior vice president, operations and logistics for KGF North America.
 Dowd, 50, joined KGF in 1988. He served as vice president of strategy, president of the Dairy Division, and most recently as vice president, logistics and customer service.
 Kraft General Foods is the multinational food company of Philip Morris Companies Inc. (NYSE: MO).
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 /CONTACT: Michael Mudd of Kraft General Foods, 708-646-2868/
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