H J Heinz Company has named Idamarie Laquatra as director, global nutrition.

Dr Laquatra had served as a long-time Heinz consultant in the area of nutrition. She replaces David Yeung who retired on 30 April.

Her food industry experience includes eight years at HJ Heinz Company, first as nutritionist for Heinz USA and then as manager of nutrition for Weight Watchers Food Company. She joined Diet Center in 1992 as vice president of scientific affairs and training. In 1995, Dr. Laquatra began her own nutrition consulting business, contracting with clients in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.