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CINCINNATI - Chiquita, Inc., based here, has promoted Jim Gallagher to v.p. of corporate sales and customer development. Gallagher served most recently as v.p. of sales and customer development at Fresh Express, which Chiquita acquired in June 2005.
"As we transform Chiquita into a consumer-centric leader of healthy fresh foods, it's critical that we sustain premium pricing and better capture the value that we bring to our customers," said Fernando Aguirre, chairman and c.e.o. "During his tenure at Fresh Express, Jim has successfully validated the company's value to its North American customers, and we hope to leverage this ability more effectively throughout Chiquita to better emphasize our advantages to customers, vs. the competition."
Among Gallagher's first tasks will be to combine and realign Chiquita's North American sales teams to approach Chiquita and Fresh Express customers in an integrated manner, said Aguirre, who added, "We are confident that through this sales integration, we can accelerate our profitable growth, strengthen customer relationships, and expand distribution channels."
Prior to joining Fresh Express in 1999, Gallagher served in various senior roles for leading food and consumer products companies, including Willow Foods, Kraft Foods, Wilson Sporting Goods, Dr Pepper, and Procter & Gamble.