World’s largest berry company announces leadership change

(Watsonvilla, Ca) Driscoll’s, the global market leader in the fresh berry industry, has announced that J. Miles Reiter will reassume the position of Chief Executive Officer for the company as part of planned leadership restructuring.

Family owned-and-operated for more than 100 years, Driscoll’s said it is positioned for future global brand expansion with this organizational announcement. As a fourth generation grower and the grandson of one of Driscoll’s founders, Reiter will continue to serve as Driscoll’s Chairman, a role he has held for more than 30 years.

Driscoll’s operations include growers in Camarillo and Oxnard in Ventura County. Reiter Affiliated, Driscoll’s largest grower by volume, has offices located in downtown Oxnard.

Kevin Murphy, who was named CEO in 2015 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, will leave this position by the end of the year. Murphy joined Driscoll’s in 2008 as head of North American supplies and operations. He was president of the Driscoll’s Americas business unit before being promoted to president and chief executive officer.

“Over the past several decades, Driscoll’s has maintained strong success and growth. Through the tireless pursuit of fulfilling our company mission, we now delight consumers with fresh berries that bear the Driscoll’s brand name in more than 60 countries. Kevin has played a key role in leading this growth, and we’re grateful for his leadership and many contributions,” said Reiter. “Reshaping our leadership structure allows us to adapt to our ever-changing marketplace as well as streamline our close work with growers and customers to meet the high expectations that consumers globally have of our berries and brand.”

 

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