Del Monte names Plaisance as SVP, corporate comms

SAN FRANCISCO: Del Monte Foods has hired Melissa Plaisance as its SVP, finance and corporate communications.

SAN FRANCISCO: Del Monte Foods has hired Melissa Plaisance as its SVP, finance and corporate communications.

Plaisance will oversee internal and external communications, as well as work on IR and government relations. In the past, internal communications was handled by the company's HR department.

Plaisance's hiring is the latest expansion of the communications function at Del Monte since it acquired several brands from HJ Heinz in late 2002, said Melissa Murphy, director of public relations.

Plaisance joins Del Monte from grocery-store chain Safeway, where she was SVP, finance and IR. "She comes from a strong finance background," said Murphy, who herself joined the company only six months ago.

Del Monte had net sales of more than $3 billion last year.

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