West Pak Avocado hires Stephen Sheldon
West Pak Avocado, a global supplier of fresh avocados, welcomed Stephen Sheldon as director of global sourcing. In his new position, he will lead and manage the strategic planning, budgeting, and execution of sourcing from global regions, including California, Mexico and South America. Sheldon will foster, develop and manage long-term relationships and key partnerships with existing and prospective growers and farming corporations in support of the company’s strategic direction and growth plan.
In his role as director of global sourcing, Sheldon will report to Vice President of International Sourcing Kellen Newhouse. “We’re thrilled to have Stephen on board and look forward to tapping his years of global management experience to help take West Pak and our Sourcing department to the next level,” said Newhouse, pointing out that the sourcing department represents one of the primary revenue sources and top profit centers for West Pak Avocado.
Sheldon joins West Pak from Limoneira Co., where he served as global sourcing manager from 2018 to 2021 and business development manager from 2013 to 2018. He holds an MBA in global management with a concentration in marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Point Loma Nazarene University. Sheldon also served in the United States Peace Corps as an agricultural business volunteer in Bolivia.
In his new role Sheldon will be the ultimate decision-maker on all sourcing pricing structures and final grower returns, payouts, and imported vessel liquidations for the company’s entire avocado supply. He will implement, communicate, manage, and evaluate daily procurement pricing in coordination with market trends, competition, and sales demand for each country of origin.
Sheldon will also be one of the key decision-makers in establishing, developing, executing, and communicating the company’s ongoing corporate strategic plan. He will work with ownership and management to establish and initiate the key company goals for each year.
“I am excited to join the West Pak Avocado team,” said Sheldon. “West Pak has done a tremendous job growing the company and the category as well. I am looking forward to helping lead future growth alongside such a talented team.”