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ST. LOUIS — Ralcorp Holdings announced that Terence Block will serve as president and COO of Post Holdings Inc., effective January 1, 2012 . Block will also join the board of directors of Post Holdings following completion of the separation of the Ralcorp and Post cereal business.

"I am pleased that Terry is joining the Post Holdings management team and board," said William Stiritz , chairman of Ralcorp. "Terry's extensive operating and marketing experience will greatly benefit Post Holdings as we embark on an independent course for the company.  I am confident that as COO, Terry will help drive the innovation, brand extension and growth initiatives that will be key to Post Holdings' future success.  I also look forward to the insight and expertise Terry will bring to his role on the board as we seek to create value for our shareholders."

Block currently serves as president of Nestle Purina's North American pet food business. Previously, he was COO of North American Pet Foods for Ralston Purina Company. Prior to his role as COO, Block served as EVP Ralston Purina Pet Products and VP marketing dog food.  Mr. Block joined the marketing group of the former Ralston Purina Company in 1977 as assistant product manager and subsequently held a number of increasingly important marketing positions, including product manager and group director. Prior to joining Ralston Purina Company, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Pet Inc.