(Nov. 7) In a move to realign its fresh fruit sales operations, Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers Inc. has named Mark Tompkins as director of domestic sales, a new position for the citrus cooperative.

The move is part of a realignment of responsibilities as Sunkist veteran John McGuigan leaves his position as vice president fresh fruit sales at the end of the year, according to an Oct. 7 news release.

“After 25 years working for the growers of Sunkist, I feel that now is the right time for me to evaluate new opportunities and to consider in what direction to focus my drive and energy moving forward,” McGuigan said in the news release. “Sunkist is a special and rewarding place to work, and I’ll miss the many friends I’ve made there over the years — growers, staff and customers — but at this point in my life, I’m ready for new and different challenges.”

Tompkins joined Sunkist in November 2006. He will head the company’s domestic sales office network as well as the cooperative’s sales operations. Tomkins previously served as the director of sales operations and domestic sales for Sunkist.

Also part of the realignment effort will be the move of David Pott from director of Southeast Asia sales, a position he had since 2005, to director of export sales.

“Dave will manage the activities of Sunkist’s export sales staff in California, as well as Sunkist personnel in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia,” Russ Hanlin, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release.