(Aug. 19) CINCINNATI — The management carousel continues to spin at Chiquita Brands International Inc.

The banana marketer and distributor announced Aug. 18 that it had hired a new chief financial officer and also that it was losing the directors of its fresh-cut and Asian fresh-produce divisions.

Chiquita announced that John Braukman, 50, a longtime executive with General Electric, would replace James Riley as CFO.

Riley, who had announced his intention to leave Chiquita in January, is slated to leave the company at the end of August.

The company also announced that Jill Albrinck, senior vice president of its new fresh-cut fruit division, had resigned, as had Chris Augustijns, president of Chiquita Fresh Group-Asia, who had been on the job only a few weeks.

Albrinck came to Chiquita in 2002 to guide the firm’s new business-development efforts. She later assumed the leadership for the company’s processed fruit ingredients segment and Chiquita Fresh Cut Fruit, which the company launched in several Midwest markets in November.

In May, Chiquita announced that start-up of its fresh-cut category had cut into company profits, resulting in $3 million in losses for the company. However, Mike Mitchell, a company spokesman, said the losses had no bearing on Albrinck’s departure.

Chiquita said Aguirre would lead the fresh-cut segment until a successor is hired.

Chiquita said Augustijns, who had just come to Chiquita in late July from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co., would be returning to the soft-drink company.

The company has no timetable for hiring.

Braukman most recently had been chief operating officer of ITC DeltaCom, a U.S. communications company that serves the Southeast.

He had been with GE for 25 years in various management capacities, including CFO of its Information Technology Solutions program and CFO of its operations in Italy.

Braukman will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial operations worldwide.

In addition, Chiquita said Manuel Rodriguez, who has been with Chiquita since 1980, was promoted to senior vice president of government and international affairs. His responsibilities will remain largely the same as before, Mitchell said, except that he now reports directly to Aguirre.