Index Fresh Announces Retirement of CEO Dana Thomas
RIVERSIDE, CA - Dana Thomas, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Index Fresh, has announced his plans to retire from his role in 2020. Following the news, the Chairman of the avocado provider’s Board of Directors, John Grether, announced the commencement of a search for Index Fresh’s next CEO.
“Dana joined Index as its CEO in 1996 when it was a cooperative, successfully led it through a conversion to a for-profit enterprise, and managed the business as its stock has steadily increased in value,” praised Grether.
Thomas first joined Index Fresh twenty-four years ago. In his quarter of a century run as its CEO, Thomas was instrumental in positioning the company as an industry leader, according to a press release.
In addition, Thomas is celebrated for the following accomplishments:
- Assembling an outstanding staff and executive team
- Providing Index Fresh’s California growers with excellent returns
- Delivering consistently strong dividends to shareholders
- Developing partnerships with the country’s leading retail and foodservice providers
- Significantly growing the company’s market share
- Maintaining the highest ethical standards in the industry
Index Fresh, which markets Hass and GEM avocados throughout the U.S., Canada, and select markets in Asia, owns and manages packing houses in Bloomington, California, and Pharr, Texas. The company also sources fruit from its California, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Peru grower-base.
To help it with the search for its next CEO, Index Fresh has tapped Jeff Hodge and Neil Sims of Boyden. Who will succeed Dana Thomas as the head of Index Fresh? AndNowUKnow will report on the latest in the fresh produce industry.