Richard Contreras—Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Contreras has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2008. Prior to that time, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance. From 2005 to 2007, he was Vice President, North America Finance and Administration. Mr. Contreras was Vice President, Budgeting and Forecasting from 2003 to 2005. He also served as Controller, North America from 1999 to 2003.
Marlene Gordon—Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Ms. Gordon joined us in June 2018. Before joining the Company, Ms. Gordon served as Vice President, General Counsel for Bacardi North America Corporation from July 2013 to June 2018 and as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. from 2012 to July 2013. From 2006 to 2012, she held various legal positions of increasing responsibility with Burger King Corporation. Prior to that, Ms. Gordon held legal positions for Republic Industries, Inc. and Blockbuster Entertainment Group.
Emanuel Lazopoulos—Senior Vice President, North America Sales, Marketing and Product Management
Mr. Lazopoulos has served as our Senior Vice President, North America Sales, Marketing and Product Management since 2005. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President, Fresh-Cut Operations in North America from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Lazopoulos’ career in the fresh foods industry includes experience as Managing Director of NewStar Fresh Foods, as Vice President of DNA Plant Technology and as Vice President of Dole Fresh Vegetables.
Annunciata Cerioli — Senior Vice President, North America Operations
Ms. 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. Ms. Cerioli served as Senior Vice President Supply Chain for the Borden Dairy Company from 2011 until October 2014. Prior to that time, she held various senior positions in both Supply Chain and Human Resources from 1990 to 2011 for the Kellogg Company. Ms. Cerioli served on the board of directors of the Public Housing Commission and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for the city of Marquette, Michigan from April 2017 until November 2018. She also serves as a board member for Home Storytellers, a non-profit organization.
Jorge Pelaez—Vice President, CECAB (Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and Brazil)
Mr. 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 the Company’s Costa Rica Banana Division. From January 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 —Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Jeifetz has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since March 2018. Prior to that time, she served as Talent, Learning & Organization Director for the Americas for Mars Incorporated from January 2006 to March 2018. Prior to that time, she held the Latin America Talent Director role at Mars 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. She worked for Ford Motor Credit Company in several roles from April 2001 to September 2007, both regional and country roles in Human Resources. Prior to that, she worked for Ford Motor Company in various Human Resources positions from July 1995 to March 2001.
Sergio Mancilla—Vice President, South America
Mr. Mancilla has served as our Vice President, South America since March 2012. From 2006 until March 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. From 1990 until 1996, Mr. Mancilla served as Manager of Maritima Altisol Ltda and before that time he worked as Deck Officer for several Chilean Shipping companies from 1981 until 1990.
Gianpaolo Renino— Vice President, Europe and Africa
Mr. 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. Before joining the Company, Mr. Renino held management positions for Cirio Alimentare from 1999 to 2004, and Rosanova SPA from 1995 to 1999.
Mohammad Abbas— Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, (MENA)
Mr. Abbas has served as our Vice President, Middle East and North Africa since January 2016. 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 has served as the General Manager of Del Monte Saudi Arabia since 2009. 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 2006 until 2009. Before joining the Company, Mr. Abbas served as the Director of Fresh Produce Sales in the Middle East and North Africa from 1998 to 2005 for Abu Ghazaleh International based in Dubai, UAE.
Antolin D. Saiz – Vice President – Internal Audit
Mr. Saiz has served as our Vice President – Corporate Internal Audit since May 1999. From March 1996 until April 1999, he served as the Controller for Latin America for the Inacom Corporation. From 1993 through 1996, Mr. Saiz served in Financial Controllership roles for the Wackenhut and LifeFleet Corporations. Prior to that time, Mr. Saiz served as an Audit Manager with BDO Seidman, CPAs.
Hans Sauter – Vice President – Corporate Research & Development and Agricultural Services
Mr. Sauter was appointed Vice President, Corporate Research & Development and Agricultural Services in February 2014. 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. He later 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.
Helmuth A. Lutty — Senior Vice President — Shipping Operations
Mr. 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. Mr. Lutty also previously held various purchasing, engineering, and production positions for Ravenscroft Shipping, Southern ShipManagement (Chile) LTDA, and Almac Supermarket S.A.
Joseph Cole — Vice President, Asia Pacific
Mr. Cole joined us in 2008 and served as Vice President Tomato & Vegetables for our North American region. In February 2011, Mr. Cole was appointed Vice President, Asia Pacific, a position he held until July 2016 when he retired. In September 2018, Mr. Cole rejoined us as Vice President, Asia Pacific. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cole’s career in the fresh produce industry included various senior management positions for The Oppenheimer Group, Chiquita Brands, The Tengelman Group in Germany and Dole Fresh Vegetables.