Sara Lee Food & Beverage, the North American food retail arm of the Sara Lee Corporation, has named Brad Patrick as senior vice president of human resources.

Formerly with Gilette, Patrick will report to Sara Lee Food & Beverage CEO Christopher Fraleigh. He will oversee organisational and employee development, compensation and benefits, labour relations, recruiting, administration and other human resources functions at Sara Lee Food & Beverage which employs in excess of 27,000 people.

“Brad brings a unique and highly valued combination of professional human resources experience and effective leadership,” Fraleigh said. “Human resource excellence is a critical component of Sara Lee Food & Beverage’s progress in establishing itself as a world-class organisation focused on superior consumer insights and innovation, outstanding customer service and operational excellence. Brad will be a strong leader and provide strategic direction for our company.”