Steve Barnard
Stephen J. Barnard
Chief Executive Officer
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Stephen J. Barnard founded Mission Produce in 1983 and currently serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Barnard also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, a role he has held since the Company was founded. Prior to founding Mission Produce, Mr. Barnard worked in the lettuce and avocado divisions of Santa Clara Produce, Inc. Mr. Barnard previously served as Chairman of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Chairman of the Western Growers Association, a director of the California Avocado Commission, and a director of Sunkist Growers. He currently serves as a director for the Cal Poly Foundation.


Mr. Barnard received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Mr. Barnard’s qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include his deep and thorough knowledge of all aspects of our business and industry, his effective leadership and management skills, and his long-tenured service in senior roles with key industry groups.

Bryan Giles
Bryan Giles
Chief Financial Officer
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Bryan Giles is an innate problem-solver and skilled financial planner, with over 20 years of management experience in finance, accounting and auditing. As CFO, Bryan oversees financial planning, control structure, management of risks, financial forecasting and acquisitions. Among his many achievements at Mission, Bryan contributed to the company’s most profitable year in its history and played a critical role in the acquisition of Grupo Arato. Before joining Mission, Giles worked at Tecom Industries Inc., a division of Smiths Group, in multiple capacities including Vice President of Finance & Administration and Vice President of Finance – MSS Technology Group. Prior to this, he oversaw a group of military technology companies with revenues of ~$200m at Smiths Group. Smiths Group is a diversified, multi-national manufacturer of highly engineered projects with multibillion-dollar annual revenues. Bryan launched his career at Deloitte & Touche after graduating top of his business class. He holds a CPA license in California. Giles likes to eat avocados fresh cut with “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning!
Anita Lemos
Anita Lemos
Vice President of Human Resources
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Anita Lemos is a reliable and driven human resources professional who provides executive strategy for staffing, leadership development, onboarding, culture, employee relations, compensation and benefits. As VP of HR, Lemos has directed efforts that have resulted in: a three tier leadership training program, improving employee morale, work ethic and communication; streamlined companywide talent acquisition practices; and a top-down inclusion strategy, instituting a more diverse and gender inclusive company. One of her major contributions has been spearheading the Mission Produce Foundation, which has resulted in a greater level of company consciousness. Anita loves to eat avocados for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and her favorite dishes are chicken/avocado soup and avocado and sprouts on a croissant.
Joanne Wu
Joanne Wu
General Counsel and Secretary
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Joanne Wu, Mission’s General Counsel and Secretary, has more than nearly fifteen years of experience in public company representation, securities law matters, corporate governance, complex commercial contracts, public and private equity and debt offerings, M&A, and legal department management. Throughout her career, she has held positions both in-house and in private practice. In her role as General Counsel and Secretary, Joanne is responsible for overseeing Mission’s worldwide legal affairs, including public company representation, M&A and transactions, corporate governance, securities law compliance, litigation, and other compliance matters. She also serves as the company’s Secretary and supports the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Mission, Joanne served as the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Public Storage. Before that, she was the Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Dine Brands Global. She has also held a legal counsel role at Amgen and an associate position at Latham & Watkins. Joanne earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California. Joanne enjoys eating freshly cut avocados with soy sauce.