One of our greatest assets is the strength and experience of our senior management team.

MOHAMMAD ABU-GHAZALEH

MOHAMMAD ABU-GHAZALEH

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Del Monte Produce since 1996. Spearheading a turnaround in the performance of the company, Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh was instrumental in cementing the company’s role as one of the world’s pre-eminent fresh, fresh-cut and prepared fruit and vegetables producers and distributors. The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1997, with the ticker symbol FDP.


Alongside this, Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh also serves as Chairman of International General Insurance Co., Chairman of the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, as Chairman of Arab Wings and Chairman of Queen Noor Civil Aviation Technical College.


Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh is also Chairman of the Abdali Clemenceau Hospital project in Amman. The $290 million development recently broke ground and is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2019. He is a founding shareholder of Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut.


From 1997 – 2010, Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IAT Group Inc. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Trading Company from 1986 - 1996. Prior to this, he acted as Managing Director of Metico from 1967 - 1986. He was also previously Chairman of Arab Pharmaceutical Company which was sold to Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.


Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh was appointed as a member of the Economic Consultative Council by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. The 21-member body includes public and private sector leaders and was established to advise the Monarch on economic and social issues. Additionally, Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh is on the Board of King Hussein Cancer Center. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Bank Misr Liban and United Cable Company, Inc. From 2004 - March 2011, he served on the Board of Directors of Jordan Kuwait Bank.


Mr.Abu-Ghazaleh attended the American University in Cairo (AUC) where he studied Business Administration. He served on the Board of Trustees at AUC from September 2007 - March 2014. He then served as an Advisory Trustee of AUC from July 2014 - November 2015.

YOUSSEF ZAKHARIA

YOUSSEF ZAKHARIA

President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Zakharia has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2016. He served as our Executive Vice President in August 2016 and as our Vice President, Europe and Africa from January 2016 to August 2016. From 2006 through December 2015, he served as Vice President for our Middle East and North Africa, (MENA) region. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President, Human Resources for Europe, Africa and Middle East region from 2005 to 2006. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Zakharia was the Director of Operations for the Europe, Africa and Middle East region.

Eduardo Bezerra—Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Eduardo Bezerra has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2019. Prior to that time, he served as the Global Finance Integration Lead at Monsanto Company, a leading global provider of agricultural products, from January 2017 until February 2019, where he was responsible for, among other things, the financial integration associated with Monsanto Company’s acquisition by Bayer AG. In addition, Mr. Bezerra previously served at Monsanto Company as International Business Chief Financial Officer and Head of Global Finance Shared Services from September 2014 until December 2016 and as Brazil Chief Financial Officer from 2009 until August 2014. Mr. Bezerra also served in multiple financial, commercial and strategic roles internationally during his tenure of over 20 years with Monsanto Company, including in Brazil, Argentina, Central America and the United States.
Marlene Gordon— Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer
Marlene M. Gordon has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer since June 2018. In January 2019, Ms. Gordon also assumed the role of Chief Communications Officer. Prior to that time, she served as Vice President, General Counsel for Bacardi North America Corporation, a large privately held, family-owned spirits company, from July 2013 to June 2018 where she oversaw and managed legal advice and support for the businesses in the North American region, and as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. from 2012 to July 2013.
Danny Dumas—Senior Vice President, North America Sales, Marketing and Product Management
Danny Dumas has served as our Senior Vice President, North America Sales, Marketing and Product Management since April 2019. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President North America Sales & Product Management (Banana & Pineapple Programs) from January 2014 to April 2019. From March 2013 through January 2014, he served as Vice President Sales Canada. Mr. Dumas served as our Vice President Operations Europe & Africa from 2010 to 2013, and as our Vice President North America Sales & Product Management (Banana & Pineapple Programs) from 2006 to 2010. He also served as District Sales Manager, Canada from 1998 to March 2006.
Annunciata Cerioli — Senior Vice President, North America Operations
Annunciata Cerioli has served as our Senior Vice President, North America Operations since November 2018. From November 2014 through April 2017, she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Libbey Glass Inc.
Jorge Pelaez—Vice President, CECAB (Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and Brazil)
Jorge Pelaez has served as our Vice President, CECAB, since April 2017. From February 2015 to March 2017, Mr. Pelaez served as the General Manager in our Costa Rica Banana Division. From 2012 to January 2015, he served as Senior Operations Director in our Costa Rica Banana Division, and as our Operations Manager in our Costa Rica Banana Division from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Pelaez served as the General Manager in our Cameroon Banana Division from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that time, he served as our Operations Manager, Brazil from 1994 to 2003. Mr. Pelaez held various senior positions in our banana operations from 1984 to 1994.
Martha Jeifetz —Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Martha Jeifetz has served as our Senior Vice President, Human Resources since February 2019. Prior to that time, Ms. Jeifetz served as our Vice President, Human Resources from March 2018 to February 2019. Prior to that time, she served as Talent, Learning & Organization Director for the Americas for Mars Incorporated, a global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, from January 2006 to March 2018. During her time at Mars, she held the Latin America Talent Director role from April 2012 to December 2015 and before that, she was the Regional Human Resources Director for the Caribbean and Central America Region from October 2007 to March 2012.
Sergio Mancilla—Vice President, South America
Sergio Mancilla has served as our Vice President, South America since March 2012. From 2006 until 2012, he served as Director, Shipping Operations for South America when he relocated back to his home country after serving as Senior Vice President, Shipping Operations from 1997 until 2006, which position was based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Gianpaolo Renino— Vice President, Europe and Africa
Gianpaolo Renino has served as our Vice President, Europe and Africa since August 2016. From January 2014 until August 2016, he served as Senior Director-Italy. Prior to that time, he served as our Director, Southern Europe-Prepared Food. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Renino served as our Senior Manager, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe region. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Business Development Manager, Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Mohammad Abbas— Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Middle East Region
Mohammed Abbas has served as our Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Middle East Region since October 2019. Prior to that time, Mr. Abbas served as our Vice President, Middle East and North Africa from January 2016 to November 2019. From April 2015 through December 2015, he served as Vice President of Fresh Produce, for our Middle East and North Africa, (MENA) region. Mr. Abbas served as the General Manager of Del Monte Saudi Arabia from June 2009 to March 2015. Prior to that time, he served as our General Manager of Del Monte Foods UAE since the inception of the first unit in the MENA Region in January 2007 until May 2009.
Alexandre (Alex) Apparecido – Global Vice President of Internal Audit (CAE)
Alexandre (Alex) Apparecido has served as Global Vice President of Internal Audit (CAE) since March 2020. Mr. Apparecido is an executive with 20+ years of Internal Audit experience developed in Fortune 100 companies in retail, wholesale, banking, automotive and telecom organizations, including as the Latin America, Africa and Middle East Regional Internal Audit Manager for General Motors and the Walmart Latin America Internal Audit Vice President. Most recently, Mr. Apparecido held positions as the Global Sox and Internal Controls Director with Laureate Education and Americas Internal Audit Director with The Kraft Heinz Company.
Hans Sauter –Senior Vice President, Corporate R&D, QA and Agricultural Services
Hans Sauter has served as our Senior Vice President, Corporate R&D, QA and Agricultural Services since February 2019 and also as our Chief Sustainability Officer since January 2020. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President of Corporate R&D and Agricultural Services from February 2014 to February 2019. Mr. Sauter served as Director, Agricultural Services and New Development from 1998 to 2012, when he was named Vice President, Agricultural Services & Special Projects for the Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and Brazil (CECAB) region. Mr. Sauter joined the Company in 1988 as Plant Pathology Superintendent for the Costa Rica banana division, and from 1991 to 1998, he led the Costa Rica pineapple division Research Department during the time the Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet pineapple was first launched.
Helmuth A. Lutty — Senior Vice President, Shipping Operations
Helmuth A. Lutty has served as our Senior Vice President, Shipping Operations since January 2018. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President, Shipping Operations from 2006 to December 2017. Mr. Lutty additionally held positions of increasing responsibility from when he joined us in 1997 through 2006.
Elana Gold— Vice President of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer
Elana Gold joined Fresh Del Monte as Vice President of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer on March 23, 2020. Ms. Gold served as a Chief Commercial Officer at Before Brands from May 2018 to January 2020, a VC-backed start-up, where she launched a new category of childhood nutrition products to reduce food allergy development risk in children. From April 2017 to April 2018, Ms. Gold served as an interim-Chief Marketing Officer for New Avon North America responsible for launching a health and wellness brand, Espira. Prior to that time, she served as the Divisional Vice President of Marketing for Abbott Nutrition from January 2014 to April 2017, overseeing the global infant and adult nutrition categories all over the world. Prior to this, Elana served in roles of increasing responsibilities for companies such as PepsiCo, Sabra Foods, Yum Brands and Novartis.