Chief Executive Officer
Stephen J. Barnard founded Mission Produce in 1983 and currently serves as our 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.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Tim Bulow, Mission’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has more than 30 years of experience leading global operations, business development, and consumer marketing across diverse industries and geographies. He has deep experience with multi-national consumer goods corporations, including General Mills, PepsiCo, and most recently Minor Education, an arm of Minor International, one of the largest hospitality and lifestyle companies in the Asia Pacific. He has served in several general management and marketing leadership positions where he introduced branded products to market, led market expansion strategies, and streamlined international operations. In his role at Mission, he oversees Mission’s operations, sales, and sourcing departments to maintain Mission as a leader in world-class customer service, ripening and distribution, vertical integration, and sustainability. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Tennessee Tech University. Tim eats avocados with all meals, but particularly enjoys avocado toast.
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Human Resources
General Counsel and Secretary