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PILLSBURY NAMES GARTNER VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS

 PILLSBURY NAMES GARTNER VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
 MINNEAPOLIS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pillsbury, a subsidiary of Grand Metropolitan PLC, today announced that Stephen R. Gartner has been named vice president of distribution operations, effective immediately. He reports to Thomas A. Debrowski, Pillsbury's senior vice president of operations.
 In this newly created position, Gartner, 42, is responsible for developing and implementing consolidated distribution strategies across Pillsbury's businesses.
 Gartner has 20 years of experience in the areas of transportation and distribution. Since joining Pillsbury in 1978, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as director of transportation. Prior to that, he was employed by Union Pacific Railroad.
 Gartner received a bachelor's degree in 1986 from the University of Minnesota, where he also currently is enrolled in an MBA program.
 Gartner serves as chairman on the surface transportation committee of Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc. (GMA), on the executive advisory council of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), and as a director for the Food Shippers of America Conference.
 Grand Metropolitan PLC is one of the largest international companies in the United Kingdom and a world leader in drinks, retailing and food. Sales are in excess of $15 billion. U.S. subsidiaries include ALPO Petfoods, Burger King, Carillon Importers, GrandMet Foodservice USA, Haagen-Dazs, Heublein, The Paddington Corporation, Pearle, Inc. and Pillsbury.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Thompson of Pillsbury, 612-330-4768, or Shawn Brumbaugh of Padilla Speer Beardsley, 612-871-8877, for Pillsbury/ CO: Pillsbury; Grand Metropolitan PLC ST: Minnesota IN: FOD SU: PER


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