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Fresh Del Monte Produce Welcomes New Board Members

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Lori Tauber Marcus and Kristin Colber-Baker

Coral Gables, Florida-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a vertically integrated producer, marketer and distributor of fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, has elected two additional members to its board of directors, Lori Tauber Marcus and Kristin Colber-Baker.

Marcus and Colber-Baker join fellow independent board member, Mary Ann Cloyd, an independent director serving as chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Governance Committee. With the new additions, women now make up 38 percent of the Fresh Del Monte Produce Board of Directors, holding three of the eight board seats.

In comparison, women hold approximately 23 percent of company board seats on the Russell 3000 Index, according to a 2020 Harvard Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index.

“We are pleased to welcome both Lori and Kristin to Fresh Del Monte’s growing and diverse board of directors,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO of Fresh Del Monte Produce. “Each of them holds valuable expertise and varied skills from impressive career pathways that will help strengthen our long-term vision and business goals as a leading global supplier worldwide.”

Marcus serves as the principal of Courtyard Connections, an advisory firm focused on marketing and leadership in consumer-facing sectors. She holds positions on several public, private and non-profit boards and also serves on advisory boards of early-stage companies.

She is also an executive coach to C-suite and high-potential executives. Her expertise spans from digital marketing and social media to direct-to-consumer e-commerce, bringing a deep understanding of consumer trends and growing consumer-facing businesses worldwide.

Colber-Baker is currently the global director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Mars Inc., a family-owned business delivering a diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food and pet care products and services. She brings more than 25 years of experience in global finance, including extensive turnaround and mergers and acquisitions experience, in addition to human capital and company culture expertise.

She is a qualified audit committee financial expert and a seasoned talent leader.

Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Colber-Baker holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College and an MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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