Richard Wolford joins Diamond Foods board

by Keith Nunes
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SAN FRANCISCO — Richard G. Wolford has joined the board of directors of Diamond Foods, Inc. Mr. Wolford was formerly the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Del Monte Foods. He retired from Del Monte earlier this year.

Under Mr. Wolford’s leadership, Del Monte acquired Heinz Pet Foods in a reverse Morris Trust transaction that added a high growth pet food business to the company’s more mature fruit and vegetable business. Mr. Wolford led Del Monte from a $1 billion consumer foods business into a branded pet and consumer products company with close to $4 billion in revenues.

“Rick brings to our board a deep and diversified understanding of the food and consumer packaged goods industry particularly in marketing, operations and international markets,” said Michael J. Mendes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “He’s a proven industry leader who can provide a unique insight to our merger integration process.”

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