Calavo Growers announces changes to its board of directors


Calavo Growers announced the appointment of Adriana G. Mendizabal to its Board of Directors, effective December 1, 2021.

Mendizabal has a career spanning over 30 years leading successful business turnarounds and transformations and building new businesses to achieve sustainable growth. She is President of the Stanley Black & Decker Latin America Group, a position she has held since 2019.

Prior to her current role, Mendizabal worked at Nature’s Sunshine Products from 2012 to 2019, where she was President of the Business Unit and Global Director of Marketing and Innovations.

Previously, she held positions at Visa USA, Herbalife, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, PepsiCo-Mexico and Procter & Gamble. She was named one of the 10 most influential businesswomen in Mexico by CNN’s Expansion Business magazine.

Mendizabal was an independent director and member of the audit committee of the Mexican branch of Bank of New York Mellon from 2008 to 2015. She is currently an executive member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association. A graduate of Tecnologico de Estudio Superiores de Monterrey-UEM, she holds a license in Marketing and Commerce.

“Calavo is extremely fortunate to have someone of Adriana Mendizabal’s caliber and experience on our Board of Directors,” said Steven Hollister, Interim Managing Director of Calavo Growers.

“Her background as a leader who generates shareholder value will make her a valued member of our board of directors and a valuable advisor to our management team. “

The company also announced that its long-time director Scott Van Der Kar has decided to step down from the board effective January 3, 2022.

“Scott has been a key member of our Board of Directors and we appreciate his many contributions that have guided Calavo over the years. On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Scott for his 27 years of service and advice.

As a result of these changes, Calavo’s board of directors will consist of 11 directors, seven of whom are qualified as independent directors according to the independence standards of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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