Brano Popovac is the new director of sales at Sun Pacific. ( Courtesy Sun Pacific )

Cuties mandarin marketer Sun Pacific has promoted Brano Popovac from senior sales executive to director of sales.

Popovac joined Sun Pacific Marketing, Pasadena, Calif., six years ago in the sales position, according to a news release. Before that, he was with Chiquita Brands International for 5 years as territory sales representative and then sales planning and operations manager.

At Sun Pacific, he has helped grow partnerships, increase sales and expand national distribution, including Cuties and Mighties brand kiwifruit, according to the release.

Brano’s in-depth industry knowledge, understanding of how our brands contribute to the retailer’s bottom line, and his exceptional leadership skills make him a valuable asset for our sales organization,” Barney Evans, president, said in the release. “As we approach the 2018-19 season for Cuties mandarins, Sun Pacific navels, and Mighties kiwifruit, Brano will be leading our sale team in delivering sales and marketing programs that will benefit both retailers and consumers.”

“I want to keep this momentum going strong by focusing on our partnerships and consistently providing the highest quality products and service in the industry,” Popovac said in the release.