Mike O'Brien, president of O'Brien Innovations, talks on the Tip of the Iceberg Podcast about produce manager succession planning. ( Photo courtesy Mike O'Brien; Graphic by The Packer )

Episode 6 of the Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, brought to you by The Packer and PMG, features an interview with retail veteran Mike O'Brien, whose tenure included 15 years as a vice president of produce, on the topic of produce manager succession planning.

O'Brien discusses how an organization can identify talent inside and outside the produce department; what kind of structure should be created for developing talent; and how leaders can unlock the potential of their team members. O'Brien also discussed these ideas in a recent column for PMG.

You can listen to his insights on the player below or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other popular players. 

In case you're new to Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, its name serves as a reminder for listeners that these conversations are just a taste of the vast produce industry coverage provided by The Packer newspaper, PMG magazine and always-updating websites for both brands: ThePacker.com and ProduceMarketGuide.com. Hope you enjoy the conversation!

Check out some of our previous episodes of the podcast below:

Podcast — WSU's Karen Lewis talks robotic apple harvesting 

Tip of the Iceberg Podcast — Gina Garven

Podcast — USDA's Greg Ibach on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program