MARION, NY. — Paul L. Palmby has been named president and chief executive officer of Seneca Foods Corp. He will succeed Kraig H. Kayser, who is set to retire on Sept. 30. Mr. Kayser is expected to continue with Seneca through Oct. 31.

Mr. Palmby has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Seneca Foods since 2006. Prior to that, he was president of the Vegetable Division of the company from 2005 to 2006 and vice president of operations of the company from 1999-2004. Mr. Palmby joined the company in March 1987.

“I have been fortunate to work under Kraig’s leadership during our decades together at Seneca Foods,” Mr. Palmby said. “I appreciate the confidence and support of Kraig and the board. Seneca Foods has firmly established itself as a leader in packaged foods, and the company will continue to thrive as we focus on the same fundamental beliefs that have brought us our success.”

Mr. Kayser will retire from Seneca after 27 years as president and CEO. He earlier was chief financial officer from 1991 to 1993. In addition, he has been a director since 1985.

“We would like to thank Kraig for his many contributions to the company,” Seneca said. “The board has tremendous respect for Kraig’s leadership and the performance Seneca Foods has achieved under his direction. As we look forward to a smooth transition we note that Paul understands both our history and vision for the future and has the skills and perspective needed to build upon our solid foundation and take Seneca Foods to the next level.”

Seneca Foods provides packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities located throughout the United States. Its products are also sold under the Libby’s, Aunt Nellie’s, Green Valley, CherryMan, READ, and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips.