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Change for Fresh Del Monte board of directors

The board of directors of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced that Robert S. Bucklin has been nominated as a candidate for election to the board of directors, at the company’s upcoming annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for April 30.

If elected, Bucklin will replace Elias K. Hebeka, who will retire from the company’s board of directors at the end of his current term as director, which expires April 30. Hebeka assumed his responsibilities on Fresh Del Montes’ board in November 2007 and has served on the audit and governance committees.

Bucklin brings over 35 years of extensive experience within the investment banking services industry to Fresh Del Monte. He most recently served as vice chairman of Rabobank International’s North America Wholesale banking, where he was primarily responsible for U.S. and Canadian wholesale clients, corporate banking, mergers and acquisitions, and food and agribusiness research and advisory. Prior to being named vice chairman, Bucklin served as chief corporate banking officer of Rabobank International, where he led the significant growth of Rabobank’s regional business and client relationships, and helped establish Rabobank as a premier food and beverage bank in North America.

Before joining Rabobank International, Bucklin served as president and chief operating officer of First City-Dallas bank. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the OSI Group LLC, Agrivida Inc. and Bay State Milling Co. He is also a member of the advisory board for Jacob Stern & Sons, as well as serves as chairman of Global Green USA, a non-profit organization.

Bucklin holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

“Mr. Bucklin’s years of executive banking leadership with Rabobank and industry knowledge enable him to provide valuable insight to our company, and we look forward to welcoming him to our board of directors," Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Dr. Hebeka for his exemplary service to the organization. The company and our shareholders have benefited greatly from his valuable insight and dedication."