Katie Johnston joined Pompano, Fla.-based Southern Specialties staff as key account manager.

Johnston previously worked as regional customer manager with Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita Brands.

“We are excited to have Katie join our team,” Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales for Southern Specialties, said in a news release. “Her experience, skills and dynamic energy are a great fit for Southern Specialties as we expand our Southern Selects value added line.”

The company grows, imports, processes and ships specialty produce.

“I look forward to being part of the Southern Specialties team. The company has an excellent reputation in the industry with a first-class product line and beautiful packaging,” Katie Johnston said in the release.