Joe Produce Search to lead the search
Joe Produce Search has been retained to lead a confidential search for a best-in-class Chief Executive Officer, who will lead this $300MM North American grower-shipper-processor operation.
This business is known across the globe for its innovation and category leadership. With all its success to date, the opportunities remain plentiful. The present CEO has driven the company’s topline and culture through growth and evolution acquisitions, innovation and customer execution. The next CEO’s challenge is to pull it all together and while improving the bottom line.
“We love dealing with values-based organizations, who treat their people, customers and the planet with integrity and mindfulness,” says Rex Lawrence, president of Joe Produce. “Of course it’s always a compelling proposition to be a part of helping to place leadership in a company. In this particular case, the new CEO will have the opportunity to balance honoring the company’s heritage and culture, while at the same time steering it into a more profitable future.”
This role requires a CEO who will lead a highly respected and experienced executive team in a strong values-based culture. This dynamic leader will have experience managing a multi-site operation, with the ability to motivate, unify and drive the performance of a team of thousands. Most importantly, the incoming CEO will have values consistent with the company expectations of remaining steadfast in its pursuit of excellence and always doing the right thing while driving innovation and profitability. Compliance, ethics, and sustainability are more than buzz words with this organization – the ideal new leader has demonstrated that they do not just talk the talk… they walk the walk.
“This is an international search. Our team of Executive Search Consultants are interviewing leaders in the top echelons of fresh produce, agriculture-at-large and perishables. While we have some excellent candidates in our pipeline now, we’d like a few more. Finding candidates who match our client’s criteria and culture is not easy….but that is why they hire us,” shares Lawrence.
The incoming 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. The CEO will have full responsibility for the company’s P&L, reporting to a board of directors currently composed of representatives from the parent company and industry experts. The CEO has both the autonomy to run the business and the support of the corporate shareholder. 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.
This is truly a special opportunity to lead one of the preeminent produce organizations in its category and North America.
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Erinn Barberini, Sr. Executive Search Consultant
About Joe Produce and Joe Produce Search
Joe Produce Search (JPS) is the executive search division of Joe Produce, LLC. As the name suggests, Joe Produce is focused on the fresh produce industry, with thousands of client-companies across North America as well as international markets. Their clients include companies throughout the agriculture supply chain, including growers, shippers, distributors, wholesalers, logistics, packaging, retailers, associations and more. Joe Produce’s searches extend across most departments.
Searches include C-level executives, Senior and Middle Management and Sales. Tapping into decades of produce, recruiting and HR experience, Joe Produce Search has developed a well defined approach and care-centric philosophy, while incorporating a deep understanding of the clients and professionals they represent. They think of it as, “The Art and Science of Search sm.”