Former Chiquita Interim CEO Brian Kocher Joins Castellini Group of Companies as COO
- by Jessica Donnel
CINCINATTI, OH - Former Chiquita Interim CEO Brian Kocher has joined Castellini Group of Companies as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.
“As Chief Operating Officer, he will help us continue to focus on growth, operational efficiencies and effectiveness and adding customer value,” said Bill Schuler, Castellini Group of Companies President and CEO. “Brian’s extensive operations and sales experience combined with his financial acumen will help the Castellini Group of Companies continue its success as we move to new markets and pursue new business opportunities. We are excited to have Brian join our team.”
As we’ve previously reported, Brian Kocher was appointed Interim CEO of Chiquita in January of this year, following the acquisition of the company by Cutrale/Safra. He left Chiquita near the beginning of April, with $7.2 million in severance pay.
Prior to his stint as CEO of Chiquita, he held a variety of positions at the company, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, President of North America Operations, and President of Europe and the Middle East Operations. Kocher is also the incoming Chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association.