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Monterey, CA-based PRO*ACT, a leading distributor of fresh produce, announced Jan. 22 the promotion of Brian Kane to chief operating officer.

Mr. Kane joined PRO*ACT in 2008 as vice president of client services, leading the team’s development and management of perishable sourcing and distribution programs for multi-unit foodservice companies, according to a company press release.

Before joining the company, Mr. Kane spent Kane-BrianBrian Kaneover a decade working in purchasing and operations for leading chain restaurant organizations, including as RARE Hospitality International, Don Pablo’s (Avado Brands Inc.) and Apple South Inc.

In his new role as chief operating officer, Mr. Kane will be responsible for PRO*ACT’s day-to-day operations, overseeing procurement, client services, marketing, business development, retail sales and food safety.

“Brian’s understanding of multi-unit customer purchasing and distribution programs is a tremendous asset, both to the PRO*ACT organization and to our customers,” Max Yeater, company president, said in the release. “With him leading the client services team, we’ve grown our business, diversified our customer base and significantly enhanced the value of our supply-chain management capabilities with customer-focused solutions. He is very deserving of this promotion, and we look forward to his continued contributions and his expanded leadership as our new COO.”