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Fudge, Craigie will oversee

newly merged Kraft divisions

[new york] Ann Fudge, 46, has been named president of a new Coffee & Cereals unit of Kraft Foods.

Kraft also last week boosted James Craigie, 43, to head up another newly formed division, Beverages & Desserts.

The moves came as Kraft merged four of its units here into two. Ms. Fudge was previously president of Maxwell House and Mr. Craigie exec VP-general manager of the beverage division. Both also were named Kraft exec VPs.

"The increased responsibilities for Ann Fudge and Jim Craigie recognize their strategic leadership and the outstanding business results they have achieved," Kraft Chairman-CEO Robert Morrison said in announcing the shift. "This new configuration will also leverage supply chain and marketing synergies across these four businesses and enable us to manage them more effectively and efficiently."

As a result of the division reshuffling, Mark Leckie, president-Post cereals, resigned. Mr. Leckie, known primarily for leading Post's cereal price rollback in 1996, will be succeeded by Tim Callahan, 37, who keeps the title of exec VP-general manager, cereals. Todd Brown, 48, continues as exec VP-general manager, desserts.

There continue to be five divisions in Kraft's other main office and headquarters in Northfield, Ill. Those divisions are cheese, pizza, enhancers, meals and foodservice. A spokesman said there are no plans to reconfigure any of those units "at this time."


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