HJ Heinz Company, the food producer, has appointed Bob Ostryniec to the position of chief supply chain officer – a newly created role to drive worldwide initiatives to leverage the company’s global scale, reduce costs, improve gross margins and enhance productivity.
“Bob’s appointment reflects his exceptional performance in optimising savings and efficiency in the company’s North American supply chain while building best-in-class supply chain processes,” said William Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive.
Heinz has also appointed Christopher Stockwell to the position of chief procurement officer for Heinz globally.
Ostryniec will continue to lead the Heinz’s global supply chain task force and he will also be responsible for:
* Providing strategic thought leadership on global supply chain issues and opportunities
* Partnering with the regional supply chain leaders to build and leverage global capability to achieve competitive advantage
* Building common, best-in-class supply chain processes, systems, metrics and tools.
Ostryniec joined Heinz in July, 2003 as group vice president, supply chain for Heinz North America. He was promoted to chief supply chain officer for Heinz North America in May 2005.
Before joining Heinz, he spent more than 17 years with General Electric and Stanley Tools in various manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain roles. In his last position with GE, he was vice president of manufacturing for European operations.