Sun World International has appointed Jennifer Petersen as executive vice-president and chief science officer.
Petersen will oversee all activities, staff and partnerships pertaining to breeding, variety development, genetics and related technologies.
She has been tasked with expanding Sun World’s genetics portfolio – which includes premium varieties of table grapes and stonefruits – as the company seeks to bring new and improved fresh fruit to consumers worldwide.
“Jennifer adds immeasurable knowledge and depth to our research endeavors and, importantly, to our management team,” said Sun World chief executive and president David Marguleas.
“This decision is transformational for our company as we deliver on our mission to bring premium table grape and stone fruit varieties to growers and to delight consumers.”
Petersen has a background in agricultural research, most notably, genetics and plant biology. She most recently directed a global accelerated genetics team at Bayer Crop Science.
“Sun World enjoys an undisputed reputation as a leading source of produce innovation and is at a pivotal place in its growth trajectory,” Petersen said. “I look forward to building on that legacy while working with our talented Sun World research team.”