Pat Hynes joined Worldwide Produce Direct LLC, Tampa, Fla., as a partner at the beginning of February, after a short retirement.

“My retirement lasted 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. I started with Worldwide on the following Monday,” Hynes said.

Hynes was previously the senior director of purchasing for Darden restaurants, Orlando, Fla.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 13-plus years I spent with Darden. It is a great company and I worked with truly outstanding people,” Hynes said.

Hynes served on the board of the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.

Before Darden, he was vice president of purchasing for Boston Market, Golden, Colo., and spent 10 years as a purchasing director for the Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonalds Corp.

“I have spent my entire working life with large corporations and when this opportunity came up, I thought a change to a smaller company was perfect for me,” Hynes said.

“My immediate focus will be on building an expanded internal infrastructure as well as working with our customers and growers.”