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Joe Don Zetzsche to lead 2019-20 PMA board of directors

The 2019-20 Produce Marketing Association board of directors took office Oct. 17 during PMA’s 2019 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Anaheim, CA. New Chair Joe Don Zetzsche, director of floral and BLOOMS for H-E-B, is joined on the board by six other officers and 32 directors.

“I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of female and male industry leaders from around the global on the PMA board, which includes representation from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa,” said Zetzsche during his address at Fresh Summit. “It will be through the thought partnership of the board, which spans multiple georgraphies and ethnicities, that I promise we will deliver more value to members in the year ahead.”

In addition to Zetsche, officers elected to the 2019-2020 PMA board include:

  • Chair-Elect: Dwight Ferguson, chief executive officer/president, Naturipe Farms LLC
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Doug Grant, executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Oppenheimer Group
  • Past Chair: David Marguleas, chief executive officer, Sun World, LLC
  • Vice Chair: Jacob Krempel, director of produce and grocery procurement, HelloFresh
  • Vice Chair: Ruth McLennan, vice president produce, floral and cold storage, Dairy Farm
  • Center for Growing Talent Board Chair: Marty Craner, chief executive officer, B&C Fresh Sales

“PMA is blessed to have a strongly engaged and invested group of volunteers from across the global produce and floral communities -- ranging from our board of directors to numerous committees and task forces -- to help guide and influence our strategic priorities,” said PMA CEO Cathy Burns. “I am incredibly excited to work with the new Board as we continue to deliver new member value throughout the year ahead.”

The following industry leaders will serve on the 2019-20 PMA board of directors:

  • Joe Ange, purchasing director, Markon Cooperative
  • Maggie Bezart-Hall, sales & marketing, La Bonanza Avocados
  • Giampaolo Buso, sales director, PariPassu
  • Jim Byron, chief executive officer, Xgenex LLC
  • Tatiana Castro Perez, vice president of marketing, PPC Flexible Packaging
  • Adam Cooper, senior vice president marketing, The Wonderful Company
  • Lisa Cork, owner/director, Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd.
  • Christian Corssen, chief executive officer, Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A.
  • Adrielle Dankier, commercial director, Nature's Pride
  • Trevor Dukes, chief executive officer, The Fruit Farm Group
  • Karen Fernald, senior vice president, category, merchandising and pricing, Food Lion
  • Michael Franks, chief executive officer Seeka Ltd.; PMA Australia-New Zealand Chair
  • Laura Himes, senior buyer, Walmart
  • Eric Li, vice president of global sourcing and alliance, Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co. Ltd.
  • Jenny Maloney, US food chain/sustainability manager, Bayer CropScience
  • Elizabeth Nardi, chief executive officer, Organically Grown Co.
  • Juliet Olivarria, vice president of produce, Sysco
  • Scot Olson, president of North/Northwest Division, Fresh Source
  • Carlos Oramas, chief executive officer, Gems Group, Inc.
  • Marc Oshima, co-founder & chief marketing officer, Aero Farms
  • Roberto Salazar Perez, deputy perishable director, Calimax
  • Don Sanderson, group vice president, fresh merchandising, Meijer
  • Angela Santiago, chief executive officer, The Little Potato Coo.
  • Reade Sievert, vice president corporate produce, Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Michael Simonetta, chief executive officer, Perfection Fresh
  • Debora Steier, vice president of floral, Albertsons Cos.
  • Wyard Stomp, vice president sales and marketing, Driscoll's
  • Dan Sun, co-founder, EcoQuest
  • Ted Taylor, head of new ventures and business development, Taylor Farms
  • Patrick Vizzone, head of food, beverage and agribusiness, ANZ Banking Group
  • Mau Wah Liu, chairman of the group, Joy Wing Mau Group
  • Gary York, vice president, sales and marketing, Robinson Fresh

Eight board members concluded their term of service and retired from the board, including:

  • Bryant Ambelang, president and chief executive officer, NatureSweet LTD
  • Andrew Kennedy, co-founder, FoodLogiQ
  • Tommie van Zyl, chief executive officer, ZZ2
  • Kurt Vetter, president, Wonderful Sales
  • Jin Ju Wilder, director of marketing, LA & SF Specialty
  • Gary Wishnatzki, president/chief executive officer, Wish Farms