(May 16, 3:12 p.m.) After 20 years as president and chief executive officer of the California Avocado Commission, Irvine, Mark Affleck is leaving the post to pursue other interests.
The resignation, effective May 15, was not sudden.
âMark has been discussing his departure for some time,â said Rick Shade, chairman of the commissionâs board of directors. âHeâs very active in his church and really has a second calling in the Christian faith.â
Shade said retail and foodservice should anticipate no changes in the commissionâs activities.
âI will be forever blessed by my walk with this great industry,â Affleck said in his letter of resignation. âIndeed, words cannot describe the deep level of gratitude I have for you all. Please know that I did everything in my being to represent you in the most powerful and professional way possible.â
The commissionâs board of directors accepted the resignation, which was effective immediately. Until a permanent replacement is found for Affleck, Tom Bellamore, the commissionâs senior vice president, will serve as acting chief operating officer, Shade said. An executive recruiting firm will be retained to seek a permanent successor to Affleck, he said. Bellamore, who has been with the commission for 14 years, will not be among the potential candidates.
âMr. Bellamore has declared heâs not interested in the position (on a permanent basis),â Shade said. âHe has very strong interests in portions of the business but the overall (president and chief executive officer job responsibilities, over the long haul,) is not his thing.â