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August 18, 2014

Ex-Heinz Endowments Leader to Head Pittsburgh Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation has tapped Maxwell King, a former president of the Heinz Endowments, as its new president and chief executive officer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He will take office in September, replacing Grant Oliphant, who left the $1-billion community foundation in April to become president of the Heinz philanthropy.

Mr. King, who led the Heinz organization from 1999 to 2007, moved to New England in 2012 and has been at work on a biography of children's television icon Fred Rogers, a Pittsburgh native. He was invited to apply for the Pittsburgh Foundation post in May by Edith Shapira, who chairs the fund's board.

"It was important for the foundation to lock in a strong community leader to take us forward and there's nobody better to do that than Max King," Ms. Shapira said.