Santa Paula, California-based Calavo Growers Inc., a global leader in the avocado and value-added fresh food industries, has appointed Mariela Matute as CFO, effective Oct. 11.
“We are excited to welcome Mariela Matute as an integral member of our management team,” said Steven Hollister, interim CEO of Calavo Growers. “Mariela has an impressive combination of financial expertise and relevant industry background, including food production and agriculture, which make her highly qualified to assume the role of CFO.
“She is a proven senior financial leader, joining us most recently from her role as CFO of the B2B division of Amazon. In addition, she also has deep experience and exposure to Mexico and Latin America, having served as CFO of Driscoll’s Americas region, which spanned from Canada to Chile. Her broad skill set will benefit the company and all its many stakeholders,” he said.
“I am thrilled to step into the CFO role at Calavo and to help the company execute its strategic plan, accelerate its profitable growth and deliver shareholder value. I look forward to partnering with the entire Calavo team to build on the company’s strong foundation,” said Matute.
“I also want to thank Farha Aslam for having served as interim CFO and for making this transition such a smooth one. We look forward to her many contributions now that she has returned to her role as independent director,” said J. Link Leavens, on behalf of the board of directors.
Prior to joining Calavo, Matute managed a team of 70 professionals across controllership, financial planning, pricing analytics, sales and operations planning, tech roadmap and payments at Amazon. She also served as director of finance and operations for its Amazon Fresh division.
Prior to that role, she was VP of finance and CFO of The Americas Region for Driscoll’s Inc., a global market leader of fresh berries, where she was responsible for treasury, finance, IT, real estate and procurement. Before that, Matute held financial leadership positions at The Chia Company, Henkel Corp., Alcoa Corp. and Pitney Bowes. She began her career in Latin America with Procter & Gamble.
Matute has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela) and an MBA from the University of Michigan.