As part of the previously announced leadership changes in connection with the sale transaction, Mr. Murdock has returned to the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and C. Michael Carter has assumed the added role of President and Chief Operating Officer, with all operating and corporate functions reporting to him. In addition, Dole’s Board increased its size to nine, and Mr. Carter and E. Rolland Dickson, M.D. have rejoined the board. Dr. Dickson previously was a professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School and director of development at the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Dr. Dickson is internationally recognized for his leadership in the fields of liver disease and liver transplantation, and has served as a director of Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Axcan Pharma Inc., and Pathway Corp.
In addition, Keith C. Mitchell, current chief financial officer of Dole’s North American Fresh Fruit business, has become Chief Financial Officer; A. Charlene Mims, currently responsible for benefits and payroll, will lead Human Resources; both Beth Potillo, current Treasurer, and Yoon J. Hugh, current Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, have become Senior Vice Presidents with added responsibilities; and Genevieve M. Kelly, current Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, as well as division general counsel for the fresh fruit business, has become Deputy General Counsel.
On January 24, 2013, Dole announced fiscal year 2012 results for the two lines of fresh produce business that will remain with the new Dole following the consummation of the sale transaction. Fresh fruit performance is continuing its declining trend, principally due to banana market conditions, and Dole expects that 2013 Adjusted EBITDA for these businesses will be at the low end of the previously announced guidance range of $150 - $170 million, with income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, in the $45 - $60 million range, assuming no major market changes. Dole expects to timely file its annual report on Form 10-K by March 14, 2013, if not sooner, including its audited financial statements for fiscal year 2012. At that time, Dole expects to issue an earnings release and will host a conference call with investors.