Jeff Busch, president of Caruso Inc., has left the company and taken two leadership positions at Country Fresh Mushroom Co.
Busch said his last day at Caruso Inc. was Sept. 26 and his first day at Country Fresh will be Nov. 3.
Jim Caruso, Caruso Inc.’s CEO, and Steve Caruso, executive vice president, will split Busch’s duties, according to a news release from Cincinnati-based Caruso Inc., a third-party logistics and repack company.
“I have had the honor, privilege and pleasure of being involved with the Caruso family for 23 years,” Busch said in the release. “I am forever indebted and grateful to Jim Caruso in taking a chance on an inexperienced kid out of college and mentoring and teaching me the produce business. My years with Caruso Inc. will forever be some of the most special moments of my life. I sincerely thank the Caruso family and my coworkers for supporting me all these years.”
Busch takes over the president and chief operating officer jobs at Toughkenamon, Pa.-based Country Fresh, according to a company news release. He succeeds Jim Howard.
“I am humbled and honored to be entrusted to lead Country Fresh,” Busch said in the release. “I very much look forward to working with the seasoned management team along with the seven cooperative owners to continue the growth and success of this truly special organization.”
Ed Leo, Country Fresh’s chairman and CEO, said in the release that he and the company’s board of directors and senior management were “very pleased” that Busch was joining Country Fresh.
“The board believes that Jeff is an ideal fit with the culture of the company, and his enthusiasm and experience will guide the company as it continues to move forward,” according to the release.
Jim Caruso said Busch played a major role in Caruso Inc.’s success and growth and leaves it in good hands.
“To his credit, he has developed a great team of managers that will be ready for continuing growth,” Caruso said in the release.
Busch began at Caruso in 1991 as a program manager. He later worked in sales, purchasing and operations.
He left Caruso in 1997 to join Fresh America. He also worked for Taylor Farms before returning to Caruso in 2005 as chief operating officer. He was promoted to president in 2013.