Longtime Chilean fruit industry leader to retire
Ronald Bown, the face of the Chilean fruit industry for more than three decades, is transitioning to retirement. Following a long and detailed selection process, the board of directors of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association A.G. appointed Iván Marambio Castaño as the new chairman of the ASOEX board.
Bown has served at the helm of ASOEX, and under his leadership and guidance Chile has become one of the world’s leading fresh fruit exporters. Chile supplies more than 100 global markets with grapes, cherries, apples, blueberries, citrus, stone fruit, pears, kiwifruit and more.
A principal force in the growth and development of the Chilean fruit industry, Bown received the World Trade Association of Philadelphia’s 2017 Honoree of the Year Award for his contribution to the import trade in the Philadelphia region. The U.S. market receives roughly one-third of all Chilean fruit exports and is Chile’s largest export market for blueberries, table grapes, peaches and citrus.
With more than 20 years of experience in the fruit industry, Marambio is a current member of the board of directors and a lawyer by profession. He will join ASOEX in September, with Bown continuing to be involved in an advisory role.
The ASOEX board of directors expressed its deepest gratitude to Bown for the countless achievements that have been obtained under his administration to advance Chilean fruit exports.