VERO BEACH, FL -- Seald Sweet International announced July 9 a new
executive leadership to the company's chief financial officer position, which is
to be vacated by a promotion within the organization's parent company,
based UNIVEG Group.
Gary J. Collins has been appointed as Seald Sweet's CFO, succeeding Vitor
Figueiredo. In line with the company's strategy of promoting within, Mr.
is slated to take over the helm as managing director of UNIVEG Portugal in
Mr. Figueiredo began his tenure with the group at UNIVEG Portugal, where he
finance manager from March 2006 to October 2007. He was promoted in
CFO over UNIVEG America, representing Seald Sweet, UNIVEG Logistics and
"I am grateful for the wonderfull opportunities at Seald Sweet and now
Portugal," Mr. Figueiredo said in a July 9 press release. "I am looking forward
new role and its challenges."
Mr. Collins joins Seald Sweet with a high-level seasoned tenure at several
billion dollar companies around the world, supporting Seald Sweet's growth
global strategy. Mr. Collins has an MBA in finance from Baldwin Wallace
and has held executive positions in internationally positioned companies such
General Electric (Italy), Lincoln Electric (Shaghai/Asia Pacific region), Emerson
Electric (Belgium) and most recently Synthes (Shaghai, China).
"I am delighted to join the Seald Sweet family -- the energy and enthusiasm
evident in everyone I have met," Mr. Collins said in the release. "I am also
learn more about this fascinating industry and contribute to its growth with
background in financial process improvement and controllership."
Mr. Collins will work closely with Mr. Figueiredo until his departure, enabling
seamless transition. Mr. Collins will also fill Mr. Figueiredo's position as a key
member of Seald Sweet's executive leadership team and participate in overall
corporate strategic planning. Like his successor, Mr. Collins will report to
Sotomayor, Seald Sweet's chief Executive officer.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Collins to Seald Sweet's
team and the UNIVEG Group," Ms. Sotomayor said in the release. "He brings a
broad base of diverse professional experience as well as high-caliber global
financial expertise to our company. I am confident that he will continue to
our financial growth, which was paramount under Mr. Figueiredo's
Ms. Sotomayor further stated, "As Seald Sweet's CFO, Mr. Figueiredo has done
excellent job of providing the financial leadership that contributed to the
company's growth. It is refreshing to be part of an organization (UNIVEG) that
recognizes dedication and talent within its current employee structure. We are
grateful for Mr. Figueiredo's years of service to our company. We congratulate
and his family in the new opportunities ahead and wish them the very best."