US food giant Kraft Foods has announced that David Brearton has been named senior vice president of business process simplification (BPS) and corporate controller.

In addition to his new duties as controller, Brearton will lead Kraft's efforts to simplify and harmonise internal business processes for increased speed and efficiency.

Brearton, currently senior vice president of finance for Kraft International Commercial, will report to Roger Deromedi, Kraft's chief executive officer, in his BPS role, and to Jim Dollive, chief financial officer, for his controller responsibilities. In his BPS capacity, he will join the Kraft executive team.

Brearton joined Kraft in 1984, and has served in a variety of finance assignments in Canada, Europe and at the company's corporate headquarters.

Brearton will replace Jack Mowrer, who is retiring as senior vice president and controller, effective 1 March 2005, after more than 30 years with the company.

Kraft also announced the sale of its UK desserts business to Premier Foods. To read more, click here.