(UPDATED COVERAGE, Jan. 20) Dave Watson, until recently the president and chief operating officer of Chicago-based Strube Celery & Vegetable Co., is now working in the Arlington Heights, Ill., office of Del Monte Fresh Produce NA, Coral Gables, Fla.

UPDATED: Dave Watson joins Del Monte


Watson joined Del Monte Fresh in January and is the company’s vice president for North American sales, central region.

Del Monte Fresh’s senior vice president for North American Sales, Emanuel Lazopoulos, confirmed Watson’s new title, calling him a “seasoned produce professional and someone who has significant experience and expertise in sales management.”

Watson’s last day at Strube was Dec. 31, said Lisa Strube, the company’s director of finance and administration. Watson left Strube on amicable terms, she said.

Strube said the company hopes to work with Watson and Del Monte on projects yet to be determined.

“Dave has been a terrific asset to our company,” she said. “He was provided with a wonderful opportunity. We’re excited for him, and look forward to working with him.”

For at least the time being, Watson’s former positions at Strube will be left unfilled, Strube said. The projects Watson was working on at the time of his departure will be divided among several Strube officials, she said.

Watson could not be reached for comment.

Watson became president and chief operating officer of Strube in 2004. Before that, he was vice president of commercial trading for Chiquita Brands International Inc., Cincinnati.