Mann Packing picks marketing, innovation directorMann Packing has named Christine Keller to its new position of director of marketing and innovation.

The Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper also chose Fernando Azevedo to be national account manager.

Keller was a senior innovations manager for consumer brands at Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., according to a news release. Prior to that, she was with Chiquita Brands International/Fresh Express.

The move makes Keller the primary manager of Mann’s total portfolio of retail and foodservice products. Among her responsibilities are new product development and product evaluation. She will report to Lorri Koster, vice president of marketing.

Azevedo’s background includes experience at Del Monte Foods, Chicken of the Sea International and the Quaker Oats Co. He will report to Greg Kurkjian, vice president of retail sales. Azevedo is responsible for sales in the western U.S. and will manage Mann’s Safeway corporate account.

Keller will be based in Salinas, and Azevedo in San Ramon, Calif.