Kraft Heinz nominates Alicia Knapp as new Board member


Kraft Heinz has announced Berkshire Hathaway director nominee Alexandre Van Damme will retire from the Board of Directors at the end of his term. Kraft Heinz plans to nominate BHE Renewables president and CEO, Alicia Knapp, to fill the vacancy at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. 

“Berkshire Hathaway is delighted to nominate Alicia to the Board of Kraft Heinz – she has shown tremendous leadership during her 20-plus years at Berkshire Hathaway Energy,” Berkshire Hathaway vice chair for Non-Insurance Operations and member of the Kraft Heinz Board, Greg Abel said. 

“We are thrilled to add Alicia’s perspective to Kraft Heinz and believe that her experience will be especially relevant and valuable to the Board and the company’s environmental, social and governance strategy. Additionally, I would like to thank Alexandre for his many important contributions to the Board over the past four years.” 

BHE Renewables owns solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and hydroelectric projects that produce energy for both the wholesale market and for customers under long-term power purchase agreements. 

In her role at BHE Renewables, Knapp leads Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s unregulated development and commercial management of renewable projects. 

Knapp has also earned a reputation as a strategic leader with significant operational, risk management and financial acumen. She previously served as vice president of Renewable Generation for MidAmerican Energy, where she was responsible for renewable generation operations and electric trading. Prior to this role, Knapp served as vice president of Gas Delivery at MidAmerican Energy (where she managed a natural gas business serving over 750,000 customers) and general manager of Project Development at BHE Renewables (where she managed the development and construction of wind and solar farms). 

Knapp has been with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of businesses since 2001 and has held roles in risk management, gas trading and nuclear and renewable project management earlier in her career. 

“It is an honour to be nominated by Berkshire Hathaway to the Kraft Heinz Board of Directors,” Knapp said. “I look forward to the opportunity to add value through this position on the Board and support the company in its impressive transformation.” 

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