A new Chief recently joined Kraft Heinz Company’s ranks as Janelle Orozco steps up to the plate. In her new appointment as Chief Procurement Officer, North America, Orozco will shape the overall vision of North America Procurement and direct its continued transformation to become a best-in-class Procurement organization.
Orozco joins Kraft Heinz from Diageo, where she most recently held the Chief Procurement Officer title for the company. She began her tenure in 2002 at Diageo as an ingredients buyer and worked progressively through the global Procurement organization, holding key leadership roles including leading Brand Change and Innovation in the North American business. Thereafter, Orozco was appointed as Chief Procurement Officer in May 2019 and led a significant and successful transformation of the Procurement function, all while improving the collaboration of suppliers and delivering enhanced digital and innovation solutions.
According to the release, Orozco will play a critical role in Kraft Heinz’s North America Zone and within the company’s global Procurement organization. She will serve as a key member of the North America Leadership Team, reporting to both the Executive Vice President and President of North America Zone, Carlos Abrams-Rivera and the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Procurement Officer Marcos Eloi.
“We are on a quest to create a renowned Procurement function that is built to deliver consistent results today and become a competitive advantage for the business in the future,” said Abrams-Rivera. “Janelle joining our team is a marker of the transformation of this function. She brings a breadth of experience and a knack for developing diverse, high-performing teams. We’re excited to have her help lead us into the next phase of our journey.”
Orozco joins the ranks of several senior leaders Kraft Heinz has brought on to its North America leadership team in the last two years. Those leadership additions lend industry-leading expertise and new capabilities in critical areas such as commercialization, marketing, sales, insights, research and development, human resources, and communications.
Since 2020, Kraft Heinz has taken multiple steps to transform its overall growth profile, strategic focus, and financial flexibility, including strategic divestitures. The company has also centered its business around a consumer-first approach, significantly investing in its portfolio, people, digital solutions, and customer relationships.
Congratulations Janelle Orozco on your latest appointment!