Kraft Foods on the hunt for new VP of PR

NORTHFIELD, IL: Kraft Foods is searching for a VP of public relations, a new position in its PR department.

NORTHFIELD, IL: Kraft Foods is searching for a VP of public relations, a new position in its PR department.

Michael Mudd, SVP of corporate affairs, said the new spot is needed as the company deals with an increasing PR workload.

Kraft offered 16.1% of its shares to the public in 2001. The remainder of its stock is held by parent Philip Morris. It also integrated its Nabisco acquisition in 2001, greatly expanding the company's brands portfolio.

"There are increasing demands on the department as a result of going public," and other business issues, Mudd said.

Kraft is working with Chicago search firm TMP to fill the VP position.

Mudd said he's looking for someone with 15-20 years' experience. Corporate PR experience is a must, and work at agencies or nonprofits would be a plus, he said. Management experience is also a must.

"We're looking for a very senior, well-rounded generalist with experience in financial communications, media relations, the whole gamut," he said.

The VP will report to Mudd. "It's a wonderful opportunity at a company that really values corporate communications," he said.

Kraft will report fourth-quarter and full-year 2002 earnings January 28. Its pro-forma net earnings increased 14.5% to $869 million in the third quarter.

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