The Hass Avocado Board elected Jimmy Lotufo the new chairman of the board at its Nov. 10 meeting. He will serve a one-year term, along with other elected officers, including Jamie Johnson, vice-chairman; Tom Sowden, treasurer; and Bob Schaar, secretary.

Lotufo has served on the board since 2006 and was the director and treasurer from 2009-11. He is also the director of director of the Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association as well as the senior sourcing representative at Rosemont Farms, Boca Raton, Fla. Lotufo succeeds Jim Donovan, who served as chairman since 2009, according to a news release.

The board is interviewing candidates for managing director, to succeed Jose Luis Obregon, who left the position earlier this year.