Taking Care to Do the Right Thing
Heinz has established a strong system of corporate governance to ensure the Company is accountable to shareholders and the community, and that it operates in an ethical and socially responsible manner. At the center of our system is the 12-member Board of Directors elected by shareholders. The Board includes 11 independent directors (as defined by New York Stock Exchange and Securities and Exchange Commission rules and the Company’s standards of independence) and the Heinz Chairman, President and CEO. The Board of Directors oversees the Company and is responsible for approving its long-term strategy and driving shareholder value. The Board operates under adopted principles that specify its role, composition, structure and functions. At the end of Fiscal Year 2011, the Board included two female Directors and two minority Directors.
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