Heinz Canada, an affiliate of the H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ), yesterday announced that James Krushelniski has been named President & CEO of Heinz Canada effective May 1, 2001, following the resignation of Mark Leckie, who has accepted a position outside the company.

A native of Canada, Mr. Krushelniski is a 29-year Heinz veteran who began his career with the company as a Research Scientist at Heinz Canada after completing a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Mr. Krushelniski has progressed within the company through a number of positions in the agriculture research, purchasing, logistics and operations areas. He was named General Manager -- Leamington Factory Operations in 1987, General Manager -- Manufacturing for Canada in 1993 and Vice President -- Operations for Heinz North America (HNA) in 1993. Mr. Krushelniski was named to his most recent position of Executive Vice President -- Operations for HNA in 1996.

"Jim Krushelniski's promotion to President & CEO, Heinz Canada, is in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments at HNA," said Joe Jimenez, President and CEO of Heinz North America. "He consistently delivers his financial targets, and has contributed much to the growth and performance of HNA over the years. His passion for Heinz Canada's business success, his proven leadership and his ability to deliver on his financial commitments to the company was key to his promotion today."

ABOUT HEINZ: With sales over US$9 billion, H. J. Heinz Company is one of the world's leading marketers of branded foods to supermarkets and away-from- home eating establishments. One of the 50 Heinz companies operating in some 200 countries, H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd is a leading provider of ketchup, infant food, pet food, beans, pasta and other food products such as tomato juice and soups. Among Heinz Canada's famous brands are Heinz, 9-Lives, Kibbles 'n Bits, Pounce, Bagel Bites and Pablum. The company employs some 2,000 individuals at its headquarters, sales offices and manufacturing facilities across Canada. Information on Heinz is available at http://www.heinz.com.