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Mann adds to sales and marketing team

Mann Packing, based in Salinas, CA, hired Scott Wise as customer solutions manager, a new position, effective Aug. 8. He has more than 27 years of experience in the fresh produce and consumer packaged goods industries, according to the company’s Aug. 11 press release.

Mr. Wise was previously with Chiquita Brands (Fresh Express), where he held a variety of sales and customer service positions for 18 years. Prior to that, he worked for almost 10 years as a commodity sales representative and product manager for Bruce Church Inc.

John Haydock, senior vice president of sales at Mann Packing, said in the press release, “While our foodservice business continues to grow, there is an abundance of opportunities that require additional support for the foodservice sales team. Rick Russo’s role has expanded to director of foodservice and customers solutions. As such, Scott will be managing our internal customer solutions department so Rick can further support our foodservice sales team.”

Mann has also announced a small restructuring of the resources dedicated to its customer-solutions department. Cody Ramsey has been promoted from sales associate to account executive. Julie Smith, Rosa Perez and Irish Chapman have been promoted from sales assistants to sales associates. Sherry Castro has been promoted from replenishment analyst to sales associate.

In the marketing department, Mann is promoting Elena Hernandez to marketing and communication specialist. Ms. Hernandez joined Mann in April of 2008 as a marketing assistant.

Ms. Hernandez is a graduate of California State University-Chico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business with a minor in marketing. Prior to joining Mann, she was a new product development technician with Shamrock Seed Co. and held marketing internships at Driscolls and Natural Selection Foods (Earthbound Farm).