Board of Directors

Stephen W. Bershad
Director
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Stephen W. Bershad was appointed a director in 2012 and Chairman of our board of directors in 2020. Mr. Bershad currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novanta Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVT), a manufacturer of highly engineered proprietary components sold to medical and advanced technology equipment manufacturers. Prior to his chairmanship with Novanta, Mr. Bershad was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Axsys Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of surveillance and imaging equipment, from 1986 until 2009. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, Inc., an investment banking firm, and its predecessor firms, where he held a series of senior management positions in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Until 2018, Mr. Bershad was Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMCOR Group, a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses. Mr. Bershad is also an avocado grower in the Southern California area and has extensive experience in the avocado and lemon industry. Mr. Bershad received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. We believe Mr. Bershad is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his substantial business, investment banking and board and management experience with both public and private companies, including serving as Chairman of multiple public corporations.
Stephen A. Beebe
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Stephen A. Beebe was appointed a director of Mission in 1995 and served as Chairman of our board of directors from 2003 until 2020. From 1993 until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Beebe served as the President and CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held diversified agribusiness companies in the United States. He guided the Simplot Company through expansions in Canada, Mexico, Australia, China and Europe. Mr. Beebe continues to serve as a director for the Simplot Company, where he is a member of the audit committee. Mr. Beebe is also a co-manager of JRS Properties 111, which is a Simplot family partnership. He is a member of the executive committee of the United States Golf Association, in which he chairs the audit committee and equipment standards committees. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho, is a member of the Idaho Bar Association (retired) and a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program. In 2002, Mr. Beebe was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture Science from the University of Idaho. We believe Mr. Beebe is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his substantial business and leadership experience in the agriculture sector.
Luis A. Gonzalez
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Luis A. Gonzalez was appointed a director in 2011. Mr. Gonzalez owns various real estate and other investments. Mr. Gonzalez founded Austral Group S.A., Peru, which was the second largest fishing and marine based food producer in Peru before it was sold in 2001. Mr. Gonzalez founded Camposol S.A., the leading agroindustrial company in Peru and the largest exporter of asparagus in the world and sold it in 2007. Mr. Gonzalez also co-founded Grupo Arato in 2011 and his family sold it to us in 2018. In 2007, Mr. Gonzalez was honored with the “Comendador por Servicios Distinguidos” medal by the President of Peru for his contributions to the country. Mr. Gonzalez studied mechanical engineering at Saarbrücken Fachhochschule in Germany. We believe Mr. Gonzalez is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his substantial business and leadership experience in the avocado and agro-industrial industries.
Bonnie C. Lind
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Bonnie C. Lind was appointed a director in 2020. Ms. Lind is the retired Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Neenah, Inc., (NYSE: NP), a publicly traded technical specialties and fine paper company, a position she held from June 2004 to May 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Lind held a variety of increasingly senior financial and operations positions with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, (NYSE: KMB) a manufacturer of personal care, consumer tissue and health care products, from 1982 until 2004. She has been a member of the board of directors of Hubbell Incorporated since January 2019, where she serves on the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. She is also a member of the board of directors of U.S. Silica, Inc. where she serves on the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. She was previously a director at Federal Signal Corporation from 2014 to 2018, where she served on the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Audit Committee. She was also previously a director of Empire District Electric Company from 2009 to 2017 and was a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, until the company was acquired. Ms. Lind holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) with honors from the University of Georgia. We believe Ms. Lind is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her significant financial expertise and public and private company board experience, as well as her decades of senior financial and operations positions for public and private companies across a wide variety of industries.
Jay A. Pack
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Jay A. Pack was appointed a director in 2008. Mr. Pack is the former owner of Standard Fruit and Vegetable, an integrated re-packer, logistics and value-added produce company, which was sold to Del Monte in 2003. He currently serves on the boards of Coastal Sunbelt Produce, a foodservice distributor serving the Mid-Atlantic states, and Misionero, a leading vegetable grower. Previously, Mr. Pack was a director of Earthbound Farms and Combs Produce. He also served as a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College, board member of the Produce Marketing Association (“PMA”), Chairman of the PMA Foodservice Division, board member of the Dallas Jewish Federation and as President of the North Texas Food Bank. In 2019, he became a minority owner of the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. Mr. Pack received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University. We believe Mr. Pack is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his substantial business and leadership experience with various companies in the produce industry.
Linda B. Segre
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Linda B. Segre was appointed a director in 2020 and is chairperson of the compensation committee. She is a member of the board of directors of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) where she is chair of the compensation and management succession committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of Pecan Grove Farms and Schwab Charitable. From 2009 until 2016 she was with Diamond Foods where she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and People Officer. Before joining Diamond Foods, Ms. Segre served as Managing Director of Google.org and prior to that as Vice President and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco Office. Ms. Segre holds a degree in economics with academic distinction from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Ms. Segre is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her public and private company board experience and extensive management experience across a variety of sectors, including the food industry.
Bruce C. Taylor
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Bruce C. Taylor was appointed a director in 2001. Mr. Taylor founded Taylor Fresh Foods, a $4 billion producer of salads, fresh vegetables and healthy fresh food, in 1995 and serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science degree (Business) and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Development Studies) from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. We believe Mr. Taylor is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive business and management experience in the agriculture and farming sector at Taylor Fresh Foods.