Bill Behrens, who did an 11-year stint at General Electric, has joined Kraft Heinz as VP and global head of government affairs.
He takes over for Abby Blunt, who is transitioning to a part-time strategic advisor slot on Oct. 4.
In her new position Blunt will focus on environmental social and governance issues. Most recently, she served as a key member of the food company’s global COVID-19 task force.
At GE, Behrens exited as head of federal government affairs & policy/government affairs strategy & execution.
He launched the “GE Voices” grassroots initiative to expand its lobbying reach to employees, retirees, suppliers and shareholders and advocated on behalf of the company's positions on taxes and export credits.
Before GE, Behrens served in the White House as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and was a senior advisor at the State Dept.
He will be based in DC.
Kraft Heinz posted a 1.6 percent rise in first-half revenues to $13B. It earned $543M compared to a $1.3B year ago loss.
It owns brands such as Kool-Aid, Maxwell House, Shake N Bake, Velvetta, Oscar Mayer, Cool Whip, and Lunchables.