(April 1, 5:23 p.m.) New executive management, headed by president Ray De Riggi, is at Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., Monterey, Calif.

De Riggi, who officially took over Dole Fresh Vegetables March 17 from departing president Eric Schwartz, will be joined by Frank Davis as senior vice president of operations and Roger Billingsley as senior vice president of research and development, according to a news release.

“We’re all very excited to be here and have the chance to lead the fresh vegetables division as it moves forward,” De Riggi said in the release.

The new management will address innovation in a much more aggressive way on the value-added side of the business, not only in products themselves but also in how they are handled at the retail and foodservice levels, according to the release.

Davis has had senior leadership roles in both operations and general management, and has more than 20 years experience in the industrial, foodservice and retail industries. His most recent position was as senior vice president of operations for the Schwan Food Co. Previously, he had various executive positions at ConAgra Foods and Newly Weds Foods.

Billingsley has more than 25 years experience in retail, nutritional products, foodservice, franchise and ingredient industries, with leadership positions in new product development and technology.

He has worked for Kellogg, Nutri/System, Pet Inc. and ConAgra Foods. His most recent position was division vice president of research and development and scientific affairs for the Abbott Nutrition division of Abbott Laboratories.

Dole Fresh Vegetables names senior executives
Frank Davis (left) and Roger Billingsley, both new to Monterey, Calif.-based Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.