(June 13, 2:04 p.m.) Sun World International LLC has granted permanent status to its temporary chief.

The Bakersfield, Calif.-based company announced June 12 that Allen Vangelos, who has served as the company’s interim president and chief executive officer since January, has assumed those positions on a permanent basis.

In a news release, Sun World board chairman Christopher Parker said Vangelos had shown enthusiasm and exhibited strong leadership in his months as interim chief.

Vangelos, who succeeds Bruce Burton, has been a member of the company's board of managers since October 2006.

Vangelos most recently served as chairman of BC Hot House Foods Inc., Surrey, British Columbia, and as a principal in Novelle Consulting LLC, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Before that, he was president and chief executive officer of Calavo Growers Inc., Santa Paula, Calif.

Vangelos installed permanently at Sun World