SANTA PAULA, CALIF. — Brian W. Kocher has been named president and chief govt officer of Calavo Growers, Inc., efficient Feb. 1, 2022. Calavo Growers is a supplier of avocados and value-added contemporary meals to retail grocery, foodservice, membership shops, mass merchandisers, meals distributors and wholesalers worldwide.
Mr. Kocher beforehand led Castellini Group of Companies, one of many largest distributors of contemporary produce within the United States. Earlier he held a number of govt roles, together with chief monetary officer and chief working officer, at Chiquita Brands International, a producer and distributor of bananas and different produce. At Calavo, he’ll succeed Steve Hollister, who has led the corporate in an interim capability since September.
“After conducting a thorough search, including interviews with several well qualified candidates, Brian Kocher was the clear choice of our board of directors to become the next president and chief executive officer of Calavo Growers,” mentioned J. Link Leavens, chairman of Calavo Growers. “Brian’s deep knowledge, expertise and operational leadership in the fresh produce industry as a CEO, COO and CFO make him uniquely qualified to lead Calavo forward and position our company for growth. We are delighted to welcome Brian to our talented team.”