CHICAGO – Brian Davison has been named senior vice-president of corporate strategy and development at The Hillshire Brands Co. Mr. Davison will lead Hillshire’s acquisition, merger and divestiture activities, strategic planning and the implementation of what the company calls “high-impact projects.”

“Brian has deep food industry and consumer knowledge that he uses to create high impact strategic and operational plans,” said Sean Connolly, chief executive officer of Hillshire. “His addition to our management team will help focus our business development activities and build additional momentum for companywide operational improvement priorities.”

Mr. Davison was previously vice-president of strategic planning at Kraft Foods Inc. and has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.