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F.S. Duda announces retirement as CEO of A. Duda & Sons; Joseph A. Duda appointed new CEO

Ferdinand S. Duda, chief executive officer of the agribusiness A. Duda & Sons Inc., based in Oviedo, FL, has announced his retirement from full-time employment with the family-owned business, effective Jan. 1.

Mr. Duda has been elected to serve as chairman of the board of directors and will continue to work on special projects for the company on a consulting basis.

Joseph A. Duda will succeed his brother as chief executive officer and continue to serve as president.

?F.S. has provided strong, steady leadership during a period of significant growth of both our agriculture and real estate divisions," said Joseph Duda. "We congratulate him on his good work and accomplishments, and we are pleased that he will continue to serve the company in his new capacity as chairman."

During F.S. Duda?s tenure as president and CEO, the company saw its revenues nearly double to over $400 million in 2004. Significant growth initiatives were implemented in many of the company?s diversified business units, which include fresh, fresh-cut and processed vegetables; citrus; sugar cane; sod; cattle; and real estate.

Challenged to become more customer-focused, the company?s fruit and vegetable divisions expanded operations and increased volumes to become a true multi-regional, year-round supplier.

F.S. Duda, 65, is the son of Ferdinand Duda, one of three brothers who, along with their father, Andrew, established A. Duda & Sons in Oviedo, FL, in 1926. Mr. Duda began his career with the family business in 1961 after earning a degree in agriculture sciences from the University of Florida. His first job was as an assistant unit manager at the company?s Belle Glade farm. He continued to work for the company?s farms division and, in 1986, was appointed senior executive vice president. He was appointed president and chief operating officer of the company in 1992, and president and chief executive officer in 1998. In 2003, he retained the office of CEO and Joseph Duda was named president of the corporation.

Joseph Duda, 63, joined the company in 1965 as a working supervisor for cattle operations. As the cattle division grew, so did his responsibilities. He was appointed executive vice president of the division in 1978. When the company expanded its real estate and land development business, he accepted the challenge to head the new subsidiary, being appointed president of The Viera Co. in 1990 and subsequently chief executive officer in 1995. He was named president of A. Duda & Sons Inc. in 2003.

?Joseph?s experience managing our land assets and overseeing the development of the master-planned community of Viera is significant. The corporation will continue to expand its real estate operations and they will play an ever increasing role in the company?s future," said F.S. Duda.

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