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Chiquita Brands appoints Edward F. Lonergan President and CEO

Chiquita Brands announced that Edward F. Lonergan has been appointed President and CEO, effective Oct. 8. Lonergan succeeds Fernando Aguirre, who previously announced his plan to step down as Chairman, President and CEO of Chiquita. Lonergan has also been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. Kerrii B. Anderson has been named non-executive Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, also effective Oct. 8. Lonergan most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversey, Inc., a leading global provider of sustainable cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions. At Diversey, Lonergan led the strategic and financial turnaround of the company, significantly improving efficiency, market competitiveness and shareholder value, and established Diversey as a global leader in sustainability.