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Gary Rodkin, ConAgra Foods CEO, Announces Intent To Retire

Rodkin, 62, joined ConAgra Foods in October 2005. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, he was chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo ® Beverages and Foods North America, where he led a $10 billion organization that included leading brands such as Pepsi ®, Gatorade ®, Quaker Foods ® and Tropicana ®. He joined PepsiCo in 1998 after it acquired Tropicana, where he had served as president since 1995. From 1979 to 1995, he held marketing and general management positions of increasing responsibility at General Mills ®, with his last three years at the company as president of the Yoplait ® yogurt division.

Rodkin graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was recently named a Fellow of Executive Education. He serves on the board of overseers for Rutgers College, the board of directors for Grocery Manufacturers Association where he is also past chairman, the board of directors for Food Marketing Institute, and the board of directors of Avon ® Products. Gary also is Chairman of Boys Town ®, a member of the Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee, and a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

About ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America’s households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, seasoning blends, flavors, and bakery products to commercial and foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

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