Kraft Split Reshapes Company’s Lobbying Force

Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:47pm

Kraft Foods’ decision to split into separate grocery and snacks businesses will reshape the corporation’s lobbying team, according to an internal memo sent today.

The memo detailed a new structure under which Abby Blunt, the wife of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), will be head of U.S. government affairs for the grocery unit. She will report to Nancy Daigler, senior vice president of business unit corporate affairs.

The memo also said the role of vice president for global public policy held by Anne Alonzo was being eliminated. “As Anne prefers to remain in the DC area, she has chosen to leave the company when we split,” according to the memo.

Kraft officials didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

After the split, Ernest Duplessis will be senior vice president of corporate and government affairs for the snack division. His team will include Brian Folkerts, vice president of corporate government affairs; Lisa Gibbons, senior director of corporate employee and online communications; Chris McGrath, vice president of corporate external affairs; Mike Mitchell, senior director of corporate external communications; Nicole Robinson, senior director of corporate community involvement; and Sara Sizer, senior director.

“Over the past few weeks, we have worked closely together to build strong Corporate & Government Affairs (CGA) leadership teams for both the future Kraft Foods Group and the global Snack Company,” said the memo from Daigler and Duplessis. “Each team is staffed by top-notch CGA professionals with the depth of experience to navigate the most challenging internal and external environments ever.”

Also reporting to Daigler: Susan Davison, director of corporate employee and online communications; Vicky Evans Stencel, senior director of health and wellness; Jim Norman, vice president of diversity, inclusion and community involvement; and Renee Zahery, senior director.

The memo said a senior director of corporate external communications would be “recruited externally.”

The split was announced in August.