Two to new posts at Chiquita Brands

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CINCINNATI — Joseph M. Huston and Brian W. Kocher have been named president of North America and president of Europe and the Middle East, respectively, at Chiquita Brands International. The changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2011.

“Brian and Joe are proven executives who have worked together closely to lead our business turnaround in North American bananas and salads,” said Fernando Aguirre, chairman and chief executive officer. “As president of Europe, Brian will bring the same focus, discipline and execution that he has demonstrated in North America to revitalize our profitability in the region, which is our foremost business priority. Joe has a proven track record in North America. He has been prepared and developed to lead the region through assignments in both our banana and salad operations, and he has the focus and drive to sustain the momentum of our profit improvements.”

Mr. Kocher joined the company in 2005 and was most recently president of North America, and Mr. Huston joined the company in 2004 and most recently was vice-president of salad, healthy snacking and vegetable ingredients.

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