Mission Produce Inc. has hired industry executive leader Mike Browne as its chief operating officer, reporting to Steve Barnard, Mission Produce’s president and chief executive officer.
“Mike is a respected industry veteran with over 35 years of success in worldwide procurement, operations and distribution of fresh avocados and a variety of produce. Mike embodies an operational excellence rigor and will help us achieve our vision of ongoing double-digit growth,” said Barnard. “I am confident in Mike’s ability to deliver results, guide teams and drive innovation across our global network.”
Effective immediately, Browne will lead Mission Produce’s operations while working in concert with the CEO and executive team to continue developing strategies for each department’s success, targeting attainment of aggressive growth goals while improving efficiencies.
“I’m honored to join a company whose global footprint and strategic growth strategy are exceptional,” said Browne. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Mission Produce’s staff to reinforce innovation throughout a vertically integrated supply chain and accelerate the organization’s continued growth for years to come.”
Before joining Mission Produce, Browne served as vice president of fresh operations at Calavo Growers Inc., where he obtained a commanding knowledge of fresh fruit production, handling and distribution in the Americas, with extensive global operations, facility acquisition and development, logistics, marketing and sales management experience.
Throughout his career, Browne served on several association and commission boards, including the Mexican Hass Avocado Import Association, Avocados from Mexico, the California Avocado Commission and the California Avocado Society among countless others. Browne earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture business management from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.