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Pet food expert named Post Holdings COO

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ST. LOUIS — Ralcorp Holdings announced that Terence Block will serve as president and COO of Post Holdings Inc., effective January 1, 2012 . Block will also join the board of directors of Post Holdings following completion of the separation of the Ralcorp and Post cereal business.

"I am pleased that Terry is joining the Post Holdings management team and board," said William Stiritz , chairman of Ralcorp. "Terry’s extensive operating and marketing experience will greatly benefit Post Holdings as we embark on an independent course for the company. I am confident that as COO, Terry will help drive the innovation, brand extension and growth initiatives that will be key to Post Holdings’ future success. I also look forward to the insight and expertise Terry will bring to his role on the board as we seek to create value for our shareholders."

Block currently serves as president of Nestle Purina’s North American pet food business. Previously, he was COO of North American Pet Foods for Ralston Purina Company. Prior to his role as COO, Block served as EVP Ralston Purina Pet Products and VP marketing dog food. Mr. Block joined the marketing group of the former Ralston Purina Company in 1977 as assistant product manager and subsequently held a number of increasingly important marketing positions, including product manager and group director. Prior to joining Ralston Purina Company, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Pet Inc.

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Whirlpool celebrates 100 years

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BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a number of local events and recognition of employees throughout the world.

"From the company’s earliest days, we were dedicated to improving the lives of our consumers, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago," said Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corp. chairman and CEO. "’Every home … everywhere. Improving lives one home, one family at a time.’ It’s a simple phrase, but it holds deep meaning. We are a part of consumers’ lives; we are there for the important moments, large and small, by bringing unique solutions to every home, every family … everywhere."

Whirlpool noted some key milestones during its 100-year history:

1911 – The Upton Machine Company is founded to produce electric motor-driven wringer washers.

1929 – Growing demand requires the Upton Machine Company to merge with Nineteen Hundred Washer Company. The new firm is called The Nineteen Hundred Corporation.

1948 – The Nineteen Hundred Corporation successfully launches the first Whirlpool brand name automatic washing machine.

1950 – The company is renamed Whirlpool Corporation; automatic dryers added to product line.

1967 – The company launches the 24-hour Cool Line customer service help line, the first toll-free support program in the United States.

1969 – Elisha "Bud" Gray, chairman and CEO, and John Platts, president, write a letter on sustainability to shareholders, articulating the company’s need to engage in social issues, including reducing the human impact on the environment. Gray then defines a new sustainability-centered business model.

1975 – Whirlpool plays key role in crafting U.S. Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

1986 – Whirlpool purchases the iconic KitchenAid brand.

1998 – Whirlpool begins its long-standing support of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor.

1999 – Whirlpool initiates partnership with Habitat for Humanity International – donating product and engaging employees around the world to volunteer and help families in 22 countries to obtain affordable housing.

2003 – Whirlpool Corp. becomes the world’s first appliance manufacturer to set a global greenhouse gas reduction target.

2010 – Whirlpool breaks ground on a new, riverfront office campus in Benton Harbor; breaks ground on a new LEED-certified manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tennessee; and opens the World of Whirlpool, a new product experience and training facility, in Chicago.

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GMA names VP industry affairs

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WASHINGTON — Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Kaleda as VP industry affairs, operational effectiveness.

"I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Kaleda to the GMA team,” said Bailey. “Jennifer comes to us with a strong background in the consumer packaged goods industry, and her work in integrated supply chain management makes her the ideal person to enhance GMA’s role as a leader in facilitating industry collaboration across the entire value chain.”

As a member of the industry affairs and collaboration leadership team, Kaleda will be responsible for the operational effectiveness and efficiency initiatives of the GMA value chain optimization strategic platform, while supporting the team’s overall goal of fostering trading partner relationships and collaboration.

Prior to joining GMA, Kaleda was the director of 1SYNC account management at GS1 U.S., in charge of leveraging customer relationships to create awareness, adoption and implementation of the global data synchronization effort.

She also served in management roles with The Campbell Soup Company and Kraft Foods. Kaleda will report to Denny Belcastro, EVP industry affairs and collaboration. She will begin her new assignment on Nov. 14.

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