Maglio Companies, Milwaukee, hired Joe D’Ottavio, a 35-year industry veteran, as vice president of operations.

D’Ottavio will be responsible for all facilities in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Boston and McAllen, Texas.

“We are very pleased to have Joe D join our team as vice president of operations. With his vast knowledge and expertise in produce production, we expect great things,” Sam Maglio, president of Maglio Companies, said in a news release. “Joe has a track record of successfully growing top-line revenue, managing complex fresh produce businesses and the ability to provide produce solutions that exceed customer expectations.”

For the past 13 years, D’Ottavio has led distribution centers for a Fresh Del Monte Produce, most recently as regional vice president of operations. He also developed whole fruit, fresh-cut, banana and pineapple programs on regional and national levels for retail, foodservice and convenience stores.

“I’m energized by the positive can-do attitude that originates from Sam and the Maglio Companies team across the country,” D’Ottavio said in the release. “It’s exciting to be with a multi-faceted company that partners, listens and understands the needs of its customers as they identify and invest in real produce solutions.”