The H. J. Heinz Company Board has elected Dean R. O’Hare as a director.

Mr. O’Hare (57) is chairman and chief executive officer of The Chubb Corporation, based in Warren, New Jersey.

He is a leading voice on international trade issues and serves as a member of the President’s Trade Advisory Committee. Mr. O’Hare also is chairman of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries, a member and immediate past chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, a member of The Business Roundtable, a member of the Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce, and a financial governor of the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Additionally, Mr. O’Hare is a director of the Fluor Corporation, chairman of the New Jersey Partnership, a director and past chairman of the American Insurance Association, a trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Mr. O’Hare joined Chubb in 1963 as an underwriting trainee. He was named an officer of the corporation in 1972, chief financial officer in 1981 and president in 1986.

A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Mr. O’Hare holds a B.S. degree in financial management from New York University and an M.B.A. degree from Pace University Graduate School of Business Administration.