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(April 3, 2001) -- Sara Lee Corp., Chicago, today named Robert Kopriva president and CEO of Sara Lee Foods U.S., effective immediately. Mr. Kopriva, 50, most recently served as president of Sara Lee Foods U.S.-Supply Chain, and will now be responsible for Sara Lee's U.S. meats and bakery businesses.

The units, which together have $3.5 billion in annual sales, include brands such as Ball Park, Hillshire Farm and Sara Lee.

James Carlson, who headed Sara Lee Foods in the U.S. and globally, retired last fall. Mr. Kopriva will report to William A. Geoppinger, senior vice president of Sara Lee and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Foods, who has responsibilities for global operations. -- Stephanie Thompson

Copyright April 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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