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JOB FILLED - Chief Executive Officer - #6989S

Job Description: 
Our client is seeking a best-in-class Chief Executive Officer for its North American grower-shipper-processor operation.  
This $300MM+ business is known across the globe for its market and technological leadership. With all their success to date, the opportunities remain plentiful. 
This role requires a CEO who will lead a highly respected and long-tenured executive team in a strong values-based culture. This dynamic leader will have experience managing a multi-site operation and ability to motivate, unify and  drive the performance of a team of thousands. Most importantly, the new leader will have values consistent with our client’s expectations of remaining steadfast in their pursuit of excellence and always doing the right thing. Compliance, ethics, and sustainability are more than buzz words with this organization – the new leader will not just talk-the-talk. They must also walk-the-walk. 
The CEO will ensure the company remains steadfast in its pursuit of operational excellence, next-gen technology and  production stability, to keep customers happy and margins growing. They will have full responsibility for the company’s P&L, reporting to a board of directors currently made up of representatives from the international investment company and industry experts. Given the international component of our client, the new CEO will need to have the presentation, communication and collaboration skills to work with the board and leadership team of the international corporate owner.  
In addition to a strong operational background, the CEO’s skills and experience must be commensurate to running a business of this size and complexity, including sales, marketing, finance, and supply chain. The CEO has both the autonomy to run the business and the support of a large corporation. This is a truly special opportunity to lead one of the preeminent produce organizations in North America. 
Please reach out to Erinn Barberini directly at for further details.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Analyze the current SWOTs and work with the shareholders and leadership team to update the current midterm  plan and consider new directions and actions for the business to take 
  • Develop and lead progressive solutions which will have a direct impact on the organization's ability to meet its  key objectives, and potentially to form the basis of new strategic direction 
  • Oversee the annual sales planning and go to market strategy including KPIs and CSFs 
  • Provide the sales and production targets and ensure the coordination of execution between farming, shipping,  packing logistics and sales 
  • Play a critical role in recommending direction for environmental and social policy adjustments in line with  consumer expectations 
  • Ensuring full compliance with policies across the entire value chain with the support of the corporate leadership  team 
  • Work closely with the corporate leadership team to ensure full alignment and coordination across the value  chain from the ground to the grocery shelf in all matters 
  • Establish the necessary cadence of financial and operational measurement and review to ensure that any issues  are flagged early and mitigated on a timely basis 
  • Ensuring that the teams in all areas have the training, tools and support necessary to effectively execute against  the strategy 
  • Occasional international travel will be necessary, for Sr Leadership meetings and as conditions allow
  • 15 to 20+ years of progressive management experience with prior responsibility and/or influence over  operations, sales and marketing, and the company’s or division’s P&L 
  • MBA or other post-secondary management degree preferred 
  • Experience in produce or other perishable commodities (i.e., pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc…) • Exceptional leadership skills with large, multi-cultural teams 
  • Ability to collaborate, motivate, coach and supervise others 
  • Prior experience with change management is extremely helpful as the company looks to transform many  aspects of its operation after integrating its acquisitions (for example IT/ERP) 
  • Effective negotiating skills with the ability to influence others 
  • Conflict resolution and facilitation skills 
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to think critically and work “outside the box” 
  • Able to accurately work with numbers and analyze data scrutinizing it from various perspectives and driving a  culture of data-driven decision making 
  • Possess the drive to take ownership of projects and see them through to completion

Please reach out to Erinn Barberini directly at for further details.

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If you would like to discuss this job opportunity in 100% confidentiality with a Joe Produce Search Consultant, please call Recruiting at 855-563-7763, or email

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