Tom Bellamore, interim president of the California Avocado Commission since May 2008, is officially president of the Irvine-based organization.
Bellamore had been the commissionâs senior vice president and corporate counsel since 1994, He was appointed interim president after Mark Affleck resigned. At the time, he expressed no interest in the top post.
âI think after working as interim president, he came to feel he can really make a difference,â said Rick Shade, chairman of the commissionâs board. âI think he welcomes the challenge.â
In a written statement released by the commission, Bellamore said he looks forward to building on the groupâs foundation of leadership in marketing and category research.