Industry Veteran Mike Browne Joins Mission Produce as Chief Operating Officer
OXNARD, CA - Mission Produce is strengthening its roster of leaders with its newest executive appointment. The avocado provider announced Mike Browne has joined the company as the newest Chief Operating Officer.
“I’m honored to join a company whose global footprint and strategic growth strategy are exceptional,” said Browne. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Mission Produce’s staff to reinforce innovation throughout a vertically integrated supply chain and accelerate the organization’s continued growth for years to come.”
Browne will be reporting to Mission Produce’s President and CEO Steve Barnard. Effective immediately, Browne will lead Mission Produce’s operations while working in concert with Barnard and the executive team to continue developing strategies for each department’s success, targeting attainment of aggressive growth goals while improving efficiencies.
“Mike is a respected industry veteran with over 35 years of success in worldwide procurement, operations, and distribution of fresh avocados and a variety of produce. Mike embodies an operational excellence rigor and will help us achieve our vision of ongoing double-digit growth,” commented Barnard. “I am confident in Mike’s ability to deliver results, guide teams, and drive innovation across our global network.”
According to a press release, Browne served as Vice President, Fresh Operations at Calavo Growers where he obtained a commanding knowledge of fresh fruit production; handling and distribution in the Americas; and development, logistics, marketing, and sales management experience.
Throughout his career, Browne served on several associations and commission boards including the Mexican Hass Avocado Import Association, Avocados from Mexico, the California Avocado Commission, and the California Avocado Society. Browne earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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