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Castellini Group Names New President/CEO

A new succession plan is in place at the Castellini Group of Companies.

The Wilder-based business is one of the largest distributors of fresh produce in the U.S. and announced on Tuesday that Brian Kocher will become president and chief executive officer (CEO) on January 1, 2017.

After thirty one years with the Castellini Group of Companies, serving as president and CEO for the past seventeen years, Bill Schuler is retiring but will serve as an executive advisor during the transition period. 

“We are grateful to Bill Schuler for his leadership, commitment, and dedication to the Castellini Group of Companies and its many associates, customers and supply partners,” said Bob Castellini, Chairman of the Castellini Group of Companies, and owner of the Cincinnati Reds. “Under Bill’s leadership the Castellini Group of Companies has enjoyed significant growth especially in terms of expanding our distribution reach and growing our fresh-cut processing and logistics businesses.  Bill has made many contributions to the produce industry over the past 30 years including serving as Chairman of the Produce Marketing Association in 2010.”    

As President and CEO, Brian Kocher will focus on continued growth, operational efficiencies and creating customer value. “We are excited to have Brian transition into the role of President and CEO,” Castellini said. “Brian is a natural leader who has earned the respect of his team, his colleagues and the produce industry. Brian will lead the company as we continue to pursue new business opportunities and innovate to serve our customers’ needs.”

Kocher joined Castellini Group in April 2015 and served as chief operating officer. Previously, Kocher was CEO of Chiquita Brands International. Prior to his role as CEO, he held a variety of positions at Chiquita including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, president of North America operations and president of Europe and the Middle East operations.  Kocher is also the immediate past chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association.

-Staff report

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