OMAHA -- ConAgra Foods announced today that Joan K. Chow has joined the company and assumed the new role of executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

She will report to company CEO Gary Rodkin, and she will lead the company's marketing function.

Until January 2007, Chow, 46, was senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sears, Roebuck & Co., where she led all aspects of the company's marketing efforts. Prior to joining Sears in 1998, she spent seven years at Information Resources, Inc., where she built top-performing client services teams and led the development of a consumer-packaged goods trade promotion planning tool for IRI customers. Chow began her career in 1986 at Johnson & Johnson Products Inc., where she brought strong results and market share gains as a leader of several product lines.

Chow earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor's degree in linguistics from Cornell University.

ConAgra Foods Inc. is one of North America's leading packaged food companies, serving grocery retailers, as well as restaurants and other foodservice establishments.

SOURCE: ConAgra Foods Inc. news release.