The Oppenheimer Group is shifting roles and responsibilities of some of its top positions.

Oppenheimer Group realigns staff“We have a great deal of experience and talent among our team members,” John Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer said in a news release. “And as our business continues to grow, we are shifting key areas of responsibility to optimize our results and enable us to deliver on the expect the world from us promise of the Oppenheimer brand.”

Recent changes at the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company:


  • David Smith is senior vice president for sales and categories, and will have strategic oversight over all of Oppenheimer’s product categories. Smith previously had the position of senior vice president of national sales.


  • Oppenheimer Group realigns staffDoug Grant, senior vice president and chief operations officer, now oversees marketing strategies in addition to his previous responsibilities of grower relations, operations, quality control, transportation, food safety, supply chain management and information technology.


  • James Milne, business development director, will return to the role of director of marketing and report to Grant. Milne, director of marketing from 2001 to 2006, also leads the company’s avocado and citrus categories.


  • Bill Poulos has been appointed director of import grapes, managing procurement and marketing of fruit from Chile, Brazil and Peru. Poulos continues as sales manager for the company’s Newark, Del., office.


  • Oppenheimer Group realigns staffMarc Serpa has been appointed director of domestic grapes, managing California and Mexican grape programs.


  • David Nelley, apple and pear category director, is now also responsible for Oppenheimer’s California and Northwest cherry deals, which include the Orchard View Farms and Blue Goose labels.


  • Eric Coty has been promoted to director of West Coast sales, overseeing Los Angeles and Visalia, Calif., Houston, and Nogales, Ariz-based staffs.