EL PASO, TEXAS — Enrique Grajeda has been named president and chief executive officer of Mount Franklin Foods, a manufacturer of branded and private label confectionery, nuts, snacks and food service products. Mr. Grajeda succeeds Gary Ricco, who is retiring from the company.

Mr. Grajeda has been chief financial officer of Mount Franklin for more than four years. He earlier was vice-president of finance at the company. Before joining Mount Franklin he spent 11 years at Helen of Troy, where he was corporate controller and international controller. Earlier in his career he spent five years as an offshore controller and international controller at AVX.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Enrique has served as the chief financial officer since October 2014 and has done an exemplary job of overseeing the company’s accounting, finance, treasury, legal, internal audit, IT/MIS, customs and tax departments,” said Eloy S. Vallina, chairman. “In addition, Grajeda has done an excellent job leading the company’s merger and acquisitions initiatives where he has greatly influenced the success of the business. Furthermore, he has significantly increased the credit facilities, which has allowed Mount Franklin Foods to secure the capital needed for ongoing rapid growth.”