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Diamond Foods Inc. Appoints Isobel Jones as Executive Vice President and General Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND) ("Diamond") today announced the appointment of Isobel Jones to the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective October 14, 2014.

"With extensive experience in compliance, governance, M&A, SEC reporting and a background in the food industry, we are pleased to have Isobel Jones join the executive team of Diamond Foods," said Brian J. Driscoll, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Foods. "We look forward to having her as a member of our leadership team and as a critical contributor to the success of Diamond Foods."

Prior to joining Diamond, Ms. Jones most recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Annie's, Inc. where she was recruited as the first general counsel of the newly public company. She was responsible for all legal matters, including SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, litigation management, contracts, intellectual property, employment matters and M&A. From 2012 to 2013, Ms. Jones was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Peet's Coffee and Tea, Inc. where she handled the acquisition of Peet's by private investors. Prior to this role, Ms. Jones was Associate General Counsel at Del Monte Foods, where she was responsible for SEC reporting and compliance and other general corporate matters. Ms. Jones also spent ten years at Cooley Godward LLP. Ms. Jones earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and also holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies and Economics from Harvard University.

About Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods is an innovative packaged food company focused on building and energizing brands including Kettle® Chips, Emerald® snack nuts, Pop Secret® popcorn, and Diamond of California® nuts. Diamond's products are distributed in a wide range of stores where snacks and culinary nuts are sold. For more information, visit the Company's corporate web site: http://www.diamondfoods.com.

CONTACT: Investors: ICR Katie Turner 415-230-7952 Media: ICR Anton Nicholas/Jessica Liddell 415-445-7431

Source:Diamond Foods, Inc.