John Pawlowski joins Mission with more than 25 years in the global food and foodservice industry most recently serving as president and COO of Lipari Foods

Mission Produce has announced the appointment of John Pawlowski as president and chief operating officer (COO), effective April 1, 2024. Steve Barnard will continue to serve as Mission Produce’s chief executive and a member of the board of directors.

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John Pawlowski

John Pawlowski joins Mission with more than 25 years in the global food and foodservice industry specialising in business development, system optimisation and executive team management.

Pawlowski has a proven track record of leading international market growth strategies in large global organisations such as JM Smucker, where he progressed over more than 16 years in a variety of leadership positions, culminating with a post as vice president of international, driving logistical efficiencies, market access and strategic partnerships. Most recently, he served as the president and COO of Lipari Foods, a leading independent distributor, where he was responsible for leading M&A and organic growth, expanding the company’s national distribution and designing operational strategy.

Pawlowski leverages his international expertise in process improvement, logistics and organisational design to build results-driven teams that demonstrate growth.

“John is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation that strongly aligns with the long-term goals of Mission Produce as a market leader,” said Steve Barnard, chief executive. “With his comprehensive background in the international food industry and impressive track record of driving businesses to new heights, I believe his skillset will greatly contribute to our continued growth as we work to enhance our operating strategies to maximise shareholder value.”

Pawlowski said he was thrilled to join Mission Produce as a global leader with a strategic vision to drive avocado consumption across the globe.

“With Mission’s unparalleled positioning, advanced global infrastructure and world-class team, there are endless opportunities to leverage the company’s assets for accelerated growth. I look forward to applying my expertise in market access and operational design to help optimise Mission’s operations and deliver value for its customers, shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Pawlowski.