As it continues to demonstrate impressive growth as a company, Kraft Heinz has announced some recent executive transitions, revealing that Abby Blunt has been appointed as Strategic Advisor for Government and ESG Affairs and Advisor to the Board. As she progresses to this new leadership position, Bill Behrens will be joining Kraft Heinz to take over her previous role as Vice President, Global Head of Government Affairs.
Blunt previously led the company’s Washington, DC-based Global Government Affairs team since 2012, according to a press release. Following a successful 20-year tenure, Blunt will now transition to her new role in a part-time capacity to allow her to focus on the two corporate Boards she has recently been asked to join. Blunt will officially take on the new position on October 4.
During her time with Kraft Heinz’s Global Government Affairs division, Blunt spearheaded several key milestones, including the drafting and implementation of new labeling laws in the United States related to the disclosure of GMOs; advocating for the most significant changes to the U.S. tax code in more than a decade; driving the tariff exemption process in support of Kraft Heinz products, ingredients, and packaging; and providing valuable Government Affairs support to the company’s factories around the world. She also led the company’s first Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Washington, DC, where senior Kraft Heinz leaders and members of the U.S. Congress and diplomats teamed up to pack meals for people in need around the world.
As a member of Kraft Heinz COVID-19 Global Task Force, Blunt worked with U.S., state, and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, to secure testing, vaccines, and critical government assistance throughout the pandemic.
As Blunt graduates to her new role, Bill Behrens has joined the team as the new Vice President, Global Head of Government Affairs. Behrens will oversee the company’s Global Government Affairs team and lead Kraft’s efforts to advocate on critical issues with key policymakers and regulators in the United States and across the globe.
Behrens spend the last decade at General Electric (GE), most recently serving as the company’s Head of Federal Government Affairs and Policy. During his time with GE, Behrens worked to develop and implement federal government affairs advocacy strategies for the company’s businesses, in addition to designing and launching a corporate-wide initiative to add an extensive grassroots capacity to the company’s advocacy toolkit. Before working with GE, Behrens served as a Special Assistant to the President at the White House and a Senior Advisor in the U.S. State Department.
These two leaders are sure to push Kraft Heinz’s ambitious corporate strategies forward, so keep reading Deli Market News to find out what’s next.