VILLENEUVE-D’ASCQ, FRANCE — Mary Thompson has been named chief executive officer of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, a business unit of Bonduelle, a European fresh vegetables and plant-based foods processor. Bonduelle Fresh Americas is a new business unit created by the company and includes Ready Pac Foods, Irwindale, Calif., which the company acquired in 2017.

Prior to joining Bonduelle Fresh Americas, Ms. Thompson spent 25 years working for Cargill. She was most recently president and managing director of Cargill Meats Europe.

“Mary’s appointment ushers in an exciting time for Bonduelle Fresh Americas,” said  Daniel Vielfaure, Bonduelle Group deputy c.e.o. “Her experience leading multi-billion-dollar agribusinesses in North America and Europe make her an ideal leader for this business unit. We believe the global perspective and holistic approach she brings to the business will help drive Bonduelle Fresh Americas to greater growth and profitability in support of Bonduelle’s long-term ambition.”

In her new role, Ms. Thompson will be responsible for developing a strategic vision and approach for profitable growth for the Fresh Americas business unit. The business she will be running has four manufacturing plants in the United States and focuses on the production of fresh vegetables, fresh salads and meal solutions.