Heinz Global Innovation and Quality Center. Photo courtesy Heinz.
Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer of Burger King Worldwide Inc., has agreed to take over as CEO of Pittsburgh-based food company H.J. Heinz Co., 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway announced.
Hees was named CEO of Burger King in September 2010. He previously served as CEO of America Latina Logistica, Latin America's largest railroad and logistics company.
"Bernardo is a proven executive with an unparalleled track record of delivering results. His combination of experience, leadership skills and broad understanding of the food industry make him the ideal leader to drive the next chapter in Heinz’s storied history," Alex Behring, managing partner at 3G Capital said.
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Hees will replace Heinz's current chairman, president and CEO, Bill Johnson.
On April 30, Heinz shareholders voted to approve a merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. The transaction, which is valued at $28 billion, is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2013.