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NEWARK, DE -- Marguerite (Margi) Prueitt joined Produce Marketing Association's senior management team May 24 as executive director of PMA's Foundation for Industry Talent, succeeding Cindy Seel.

Reporting to Bryan Silbermann, PMA's president and chief executive officer, she will serve as the staff lead to the FIT board of directors and will be responsible for all program activities and fund development.

"FIT is making the transition from a highly successful start-up foundation that has flourished under Cindy Seel's leadership," Mr. Silbermann said in a May 26 press release. "As we continue the transition to a mature organization, Margi brings the perfect combination of decades of experience as an executive, including fundraising and program development expertise. Watching her interact flawlessly with the FIT and PMA boards during our recent meetings in Tucson proved that she has the character and skills to take FIT to even greater heights."

Ms. Prueitt was CEO of the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula in Wilmington, DE, from 1988 to 2008, where she was responsible for leading Red Cross programs and services for more than 1 million people in nine counties, managing as many as 49 employees and more than 1,500 volunteers with a budget of $3.6 million. Most recently, she served as executive director of The Committee of 100, also in Wilmington, a non-profit group that promotes responsible economic development in Delaware.

"I am excited to get behind FIT's mission to attract, develop and retain talent the produce industry needs for its future growth, and my experience dovetails nicely with the foundation's goals," Ms. Prueitt said in the release. "I look forward to working to advance these important objectives."

Among her duties to increase awareness and support for PMA FIT, to help accomplish its mission, Ms. Prueitt will build and maintain relationships with donors, other industry talent programs, industry organizations, academic institutions worldwide, federal and state governments and other publics. She will also serve as FIT's spokesperson in outreaching to media, industry and other groups.

"Margi brings the great enthusiasm, expertise and energy that we need to keep FIT's mission a priority in our industry," Bill Schuler, president and CEO of The Castellini Group of Companies as well as chairman of both PMA and PMA FIT's boards of directors, said in the release. "In her previous positions, she has demonstrated the success in relationship building and fostering strong performance by paid and volunteer team members that will be vital to FIT moving forward."

Ms. Prueitt received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a master of science degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and participated in an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA. She is a volunteer with the Food Bank of Delaware and a former president of The Wilmington Rotary Club. Margi and her husband, Ned Aksim, live in Centreville, DE; she is based in PMA's headquarters in Newark, DE.