Mike HornickThe Dole Fresh Vegetables facility in Gonzales, Calif., is expected to close by the end of June.(UPDATED COVERAGE May 22) Two Dole Food Co. operating divisions are getting new leadership, a reorganization aimed in part at addressing continued volatility in some of Dole’s businesses.
Howard Roeder will succeed Ray De Riggi as president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, a move that came as the company planned to close its Gonzales, Calif., cooling and warehouse operation.
“Ray De Riggi and some members of his senior leadership team will be retiring,” Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole Food Co., said May 19.
A management change is also coming to Dole Fresh Fruit North America, where Cynthia Nunes and Todd Camel have been promoted. Both now hold the titles of vice president and co-general manager.
“Each reports to me and … will be working closely together in now replacing Michael Cavallero, who is retiring,” Michael Carter, Dole president and chief operating officer, said in a news release.
Nunes was previously division manager and vice president of Eastern sales. Camel was vice president of tropical fruit and foodservice sales.
Goldfield said he knew of no plans to select a president for Fresh Fruit North America. “Todd Camel and Cynthia Nunes both have extensive experience in this industry and with Dole, and will be strong leaders for Fresh Fruit N.A.,” he said May 22.
For more than a dozen years Cavallero was president of North American tropical fresh fruit, overseeing Dole’s fresh banana, tropical fruit and deciduous sales, port operations and marketing.
De Riggi had overseen Monterey, Calif.-based Dole Fresh Vegetables since 2008, when he succeeded Eric Schwartz. Roeder, currently senior vice president of strategy and finance, has been promoted to president.
“Dole Fresh Vegetables will be closing the Gonzales facility in an effort to streamline operations and efficiency,” Goldfield said.
Operations will move to Dole’s Marina facility about 25 miles away, a process expected to last through the end of June. There are 40 to 45 hourly employees in Gonzales, Goldfield said, and they will be offered jobs at Marina. The Marina site employs about 100.
“We wish (De Riggi and Cavallero) the best, as they will always be part of the Dole family,” Carter said.
Elsewhere in Dole Food, John Trummel now reports to Carter in his role as vice president and general manager of Dole Ocean Cargo Express.
The reorganization also aims at improved operational effectiveness and is part of Dole’s efforts to promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, according to the company.