(Jan. 22) Allen Vangelos, a member of the Sun World International LLC, Bakersfield, Calif., board of managers, has been tabbed to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

Vangelos will assume the new duties on an interim basis, according to a news release.

He replaces Bruce Burton, who remains as a consultant until mid-August, the news release said.

The president of the Sun World board of managers, Chris Parker, was not available for comment Jan. 21.

Vangelos has been a member of the board of managers since October 2006. He has most recently been chairman of BC Hot House Foods Inc., Surrey, British Columbia, and a principal in Novelle Consulting LLC, Laguna Beach, Calif. He previously was president and chief executive officer of Calavo Growers Inc., Santa Paula, Calif.

The board of managers is considered the company’s "steering committee" and collaborates with the ownership and president to monitor daily activities and approve long-term developments, Mike Aiton, vice president of sales and marketing, said when Vangelos was named to the board in 2006.

Burton has been with Sun World since July 2005. Prior to joining Sun World, he was chief executive officer of Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Westlake Village, Calif.