Industry veteran is named as chairman of the board at the US-based post-harvest solutions specialist

Agrofresh Solutions has announced that it recently named Kent Shoemaker to its board of directors and appointed him chairman of the board.

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“As we continue to expand our products and services for additional crops, we remain committed to helping our customers meet their post-harvest challenges at every step in the fresh produce supply chain,” said Clint Lewis, CEO of Agrofresh.

“We are excited to welcome a leader like Kent who has walked in our customers’ shoes and has been a successful business leader with direct experiences in produce production and managing risk along the supply chain as produce travels from harvest to home.”

Until his retirement in 2023, Shoemaker served as CEO of Lipman Family Farms for nearly 14 years, the largest open-field tomato grower in North America.

“My journey to this role has been marked by a deep respect for agriculture and a passion for fostering sustainable practices,” stated Shoemaker. “It is an honour to be associated with such a highly regarded leader in the area of produce sustainability.”

As the newest independent director, Shoemaker replaces Brian Kocher as chairman of the board who has recently transitioned off the board to take on the role of CEO for SunOpta.

“Kent’s experience will be invaluable to us as Agrofresh continues its transformation to expand its pathways for growth, having recently completed the acquisitions of both Tessara and Pace International,” added Lewis.