Sims to lead financial operations for Chiquita Brands

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CINCINNATI — Michael Sims has been named senior vice-president and chief financial officer by the board of directors of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Mr. Sims was vice-president of corporate development and treasurer. He replaces Jeffrey M. Zalla, who is leaving the company to pursue a new business venture.

"We are delighted to have someone of Mike’s caliber and have been preparing him to succeed Jeff in the role of chief financial officer," said Fernando Aguirre, chairman and chief executive officer. "Mike brings to the role excellent operational skills, deep finance and accounting expertise, a proven track record with the company and strong leadership skills."

Mr. Sims has been with Chiquita for the past 21 years and has previously worked in financial reporting, strategic analysis, investor relations, corporate planning, and he worked for seven years as c.fo. of the company’s European operations.

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