Joseph Jimenez, Heinz Europe EVP, president and CEO, has decided to leave the company as of 28 April 2006, to pursue specific career goals.

Jimenez had recently been appointed EVP, president and CEO for Heinz's operations in Asia Pacific and Rest of World effective 4 May.

Christopher Warmoth, senior VP for Heinz Asia, and Michael Milone, senior VP Pacific and Rest of World, will assume his responsibilities.

Heinz chairman, president and CEO William Johnson said: "I would like to personally thank Joe for his dedication and commitment to Heinz over the past eight years. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."