Chadbourn, N.C.-based Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. has hired Andy Pope as chief operating officer, said George Wooten Jr., the company’s owner.

Pope, who had worked with the company in a production role for three years, returned to the company in February after having taken a job outside the industry seven years ago, Wooten said.

Pope fills a new position, Wooten said.

“I’m CEO, and I brought him on to assist me in managing my managers,” Wooten said.

Mike McGursky is chief financial officer, Adam Wooten is operations manager, George Wooten III manages the company’s Columbus County, N.C., division and Roger Lane heads up the Mason County, N.C., location.