Youssef Zakharia, Fresh Del Monte
Youssef Zakharia has been named president and c.o.o. of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

CORAL GABLES, FLA. — Youssef Zakharia has been named president and chief operating officer of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., effective Nov. 3. Mr. Zakharia will succeed Hani El-Naffy, who will transition to his position as a consultant for the company until Feb. 28.

Most recently, Mr. Zakharia was executive vice-president and president of Europe and Africa for Fresh Del Monte. Before that, he was vice-president of the company’s Middle East and North Africa region as well as vice-president of human resources and director of operations for the company’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region. Prior to joining Fresh Del Monte, Mr. Zakharia was the director of sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for A.W. Chesterson and the director of operations for Nevada Power Co.

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, Fresh Del Monte
Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and c.e.o. of Fresh Del Monte
“Youssef has built an impressive track record of strategic and operational accomplishments, particularly in his years as a valued member of our management team,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and chief executive officer of Fresh Del Monte. “He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader in our organization. His wealth of experience across our global operations, particularly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, make him the ideal person for this position. I am very pleased with his appointment to this critical role as we continue to execute our strategies to achieve sustainable growth.”