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Joe Don Zetzsche, director of floral and BLOOMS at H-E-B, San Antonio, is the new chairman of the Produce Marketing Association board of directors.

Zetsche, board officers and other board members began their one-year tenure at the association’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 17-19.

The board includes representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa, Zetzsche said during a Fresh Summit speech.

“It will be through the thought partnership of the board, which spans multiple geographies and ethnicities, that I promise we will deliver more value to members in the year ahead,” he said, according to a news release.

Officers on the 2019-20 board are:

  • Chairman-elect: Dwight Ferguson, CEO and president of Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif.;
  • Secretary-treasurer: Doug Grant, executive vice president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group, British Columbia, Canada;
  • Past chairman: David Marguleas, CEO of Sun World LLC, Coachella, Calif.;
  • Vice chairman: Jacob Krempel, director of produce and grocery procurement at HelloFresh, New York, N.Y.;
  • Vice Chairwoman: Ruth McLennan, vice president produce, floral and cold storage for Dairy Farm, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; and
  • Center for Growing Talent board chairwoman: Marty Craner, CEO of B&C Fresh Sales, Orange, Calif.

The 2019-20 board members are:

  • Joe Ange, purchasing director for Markon Cooperative, Salinas;
  • Maggie Bezart-Hall, sales and marketing at La Bonanza Avocados, Bath, Mich.;
  • Giampaolo Buso, sales director for PariPassu, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil;
  • Jim Byron, CEO of Xgenex LLC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.;
  • Tatiana Castro Perez, vice president of marketing of PPC Flexible Packaging, Miami;
  • Adam Cooper, senior vice president marketing for The Wonderful Co., Los Angeles;
  • Lisa Cork, owner/director of Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Christian Corssen, CEO of Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A., Santiago Province, Chile;
  • Adrielle Dankier, commercial director at Nature's Pride, Maasdijk, Holland;
  • Trevor Dukes, CEO of The Fruit Farm Group, Stellenbosch, South Africa;
  • Karen Fernald, senior vice president of category, merchandising and pricing for Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.;
  • Michael Franks, CEO of Seeka Limited, Te Puke, New Zealand (PMA Australia-New Zealand Chair);
  • Laura Himes, senior buyer at Walmart, Bentonville, Ark.;
  • Eric Li, vice president of global sourcing and alliance at Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co. Ltd., Shanghai City, China;
  • Jenny Maloney, U.S. food chain and sustainability manager, Bayer CropScience, Research Triangle Park, N.C.;
  • Elizabeth Nardi, CEO of Organically Grown Co., Portland, Ore,;
  • Juliet Olivarria, vice president of produce at Sysco, Houston;
  • Scot Olson, president of North/Northwest Division at Fresh Source, Santa Ana, Calif.;
  • Carlos Oramas, CEO of Gems Group Inc., Miami;
  • Marc Oshima, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Aero Farms, Newark, N.J.;
  • Roberto Salazar Perez, deputy perishable director for Calimax, Tijuana, Mexico;
  • Don Sanderson, group vice president of fresh merchandising for Meijer, Walker, Mich.;
  • Angela Santiago, CEO of The Little Potato Co., Alberta, Canada;
  • Reade Sievert, vice president of corporate produce at Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan.;
  • Michael Simonetta, CEO of Perfection Fresh, Sydney;
  • Debora Steier, vice president of floral at Albertsons Cos., Boise, Idaho;
  • Wyard Stomp, vice president of sales and marketing, Driscoll's, Watsonville, Calif,;
  • Dan Sun, co-founder of EcoQuest, Fremont, Calif.;
  • Ted Taylor, head of new ventures and business development for Taylor Farms, Salinas;
  • Patrick Vizzone, head of food, beverage and agribusiness at ANZ Banking Group, Melbourne;
  • Mau Wah Liu, chairman of the group at Joy Wing Mau Group, Shenzhen, China; and
  • Gary York, vice president of sales and marketing for Robinson Fresh, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Board members whose terms have ended are:

  • Bryant Ambelang, president and CEO of NatureSweet LTD, San Antonio’
  • Andrew Kennedy, co-founder of FoodLogiQ, Durham, N.C.;
  • Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2, Limpopo, South Africa;
  • Kurt Vetter, president of Wonderful Sales, Los Angeles;
  • Jin Ju Wilder, director of marketing for LA & SF Specialty, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; and
  • Gary Wishnatzki, president and CEO of Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla.;

“PMA is blessed to have a strongly engaged and invested group of volunteers from across the global produce and floral communities – ranging from our board of directors to numerous committees and task forces – to help guide and influence our strategic priorities,” PMA CEO Cathy Burns said in the release. “I am incredibly excited to work with the new board as we continue to deliver new member value throughout the year ahead.” 

 
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