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Sunkist Growers, Valencia, Calif., has hired Matt Shekoyan as vice president of strategy.

Shekoyan will work with Sunkist and sister co-op Fruit Growers Supply on their strategic direction, according to a news release.

He started his career as director of agricultural trade for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He then was at Roll International, parent company of The Wonderful Co., as manager of strategy and director of strategy. He was chief financial officer of Wonderful Citrus for eight years before becoming director of international business development for Wonderful subsidiary Suterra. He returned to The Wonderful Co. as vice president of human resources.

Shekoyan’s family has grown citrus, grapes and almonds, and he grew up in California’s Central Valley, according to the release.

“Matt has seen the citrus industry grow, evolve, and redefine itself,” Jim Phillips, president and CEO of Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply. “He has a deep understanding of this sector of agriculture, and his knowledge paired with his long history and passion for all things citrus is what we call a triple threat.”

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