Former Heinz Europe president and chief executive officer Joseph Jimenez, has left the company.

Heinz said that Jimenez had specific career goals that he wanted to pursue outside Heinz.

Last month Jimenez was appointed executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz Asia Pacific and rest of the world. He was due to take up his new role this week.

Heinz said that his responsibilities would be assumed by Christopher Warmoth, senior vice president for Heinz Asia and Michael Milone, senior vice president Pacific and rest of world.