Market Fresh Produce has promoted one of its category managers to a newly created position.

Shanan Cox, most recently the sweet potato category manager for Nixa, Mo.-based Market Fresh, is now director of supply and distribution, according to a company news release.

Cox, who joined Market Fresh in 2011 as a vendor managed inventory specialist, will work closely with Tyler Phipps, Market Fresh’s director of field operations, on the company’s procurement process.

Cox also will provide leadership for the vendor managed inventory process and manage the company’s category management group.

“In Shanan’s brief tenure with us, she has proven to be a true leader,” Mike Kemp, Market Fresh’s senior director of business development, said in the release. “She has a very bright future at Market Fresh, as we continue to grow through acquisitions as well as our continued organic sales growth.”

Cox, who earned bachelor’s and M.B.A. degrees from Missouri State University, worked for Sara Lee before joining Market Fresh.