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Calavo Growers Appoints Munsell As CFO

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Shawn Munsell

Santa Paula, California-based Calavo Growers Inc., a global avocado-industry leader, has appointed Shawn Munsell as CFO, effective June 20.

Prior to joining Calavo, Munsell led the finance and accounting functions for Tyson Foods’ chicken segment, with fiscal 2021 revenues of $14 billion, as SVP of finance and accounting. Before that role, he served as Tyson’s treasurer. Prior to Tyson, Munsell was with CF Industries, serving in a variety of roles with responsibility for the nitrogen products manufacturer. His roles at Tyson Foods included VP of treasurer, VP of financial evaluation and analysis, corporate treasurer, assistant secretary and director of raw materials procurement.

“We’re thrilled to have Shawn Munsell join the Calavo team,” said Brian W. Kocher, president and CEO of Calavo Growers Inc. “Shawn is a results-oriented leader with a breadth of finance experience. He has demonstrated his dedication and loyalty by accumulating more than 20 years of operational finance and treasury experience with his two previous companies in the food and commodities industries. We’re looking forward to the strong leadership and contributions Shawn will make in the years to come as we continue driving sequential improvement throughout our business.”

“Joining Calavo in the early stages of a turnaround with the opportunity to positively affect change and impact results is very exciting,” Munsell said. “There is a talented team in place, and I’m confident that together we can refine processes, create efficiencies and position Calavo for long-term growth.”

Munsell has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan-Flint and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Calavo Growers Inc. is a global leader in quality produce, including avocados, tomatoes and papayas and a pioneer of healthy fresh-cut fruit, vegetables and prepared foods. Calavo products are sold under the Calavo brand name, proprietary sub-brands, private label and store brands.

Learn more at calavo.com.

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