Oxnard, California-based Mission Produce Inc. has named Timothy Bulow as president and COO, effective no later than Aug. 1. Steve Barnard, Mission’s founder, will continue to serve in his role as CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors.
“Tim is a versatile and results-driven executive who has a great appreciation for global commerce and the development of new growth markets through his 30-year career working for large multinational enterprises,” Barnard said.
“With Tim’s operational and commercial expertise, I’m confident that we will expand upon our industry-leading market share and meet our long-term strategic growth plans. We are thrilled to have him on board and look forward to further expanding our global footprint under his leadership.”
Bulow joins Mission with more than 30 years of experience leading global operations, business development and marketing for consumer-facing businesses across diverse geographies and industries.
He has experience with multi-national consumer goods corporations, including General Mills Inc., where he served in multiple general management and marketing leadership positions, introducing branded products and streamlining operations in international markets across Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Most recently, Bulow served as COO at Minor Education, part of Minor International, one of the largest hospitality, restaurant and lifestyle companies in the Asia Pacific Region. In this role, Bulow was responsible for the development, strategic market expansion and launch of new education platforms.
Bulow began his career at KPMG before joining PepsiCo Inc., where he held various roles in accounting, finance and strategy. Bulow has a B.S. in business from Tennessee Tech University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“I’m incredibly excited to bring my passion for international business and experience in the food industry to Mission,” Bulow said. “Mission has earned a reputation for game-changing innovation, which has translated into its position as the global leader of the avocado market.
“I look forward to working with our teams, growing partners and customers to accelerate our penetration of new growth markets while continuing to build upon the company’s unparalleled service to its multi-channel customer base.”
Since 1983, Mission Produce has been sourcing, producing and distributing fresh Hass avocados and fresh mangos to retail, wholesale, and foodservice customers in more than 25 countries.
The company owns and operates four packing facilities in growing locations globally including California, Mexico and Peru and has additional sourcing capabilities in Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, New Zealand and South Africa, providing a year-round supply of fruit.
Mission’s global distribution network includes 12 distribution centers in North America, China and Europe that offer value-added services such as ripening, bagging, custom packing and logistical management. In addition, Mission owns more than 11,000 acres globally, allowing for diversified sourcing and access to complementary growing seasons, ensuring its customers receive the highest quality fruit possible.
For more information, visit missionproduce.com.