(Feb. 20) Chiquita Brands International Inc. has announced appointing the person who will be responsible for the company’s global sales organization.

Michael J. Holcomb takes on the role of vice president of corporate sales and customer development, a job that will have him reporting directly to Chiquita chairman and chief executive officer Fernando Aguirre. Holcomb also will serve on the firm’s Management Committee, Chiquita said in a news release Feb. 16.

The Cincinnati-based Chiquita said Holcomb succeeds Jim Gallagher, who is leaving to pursue a business opportunity funded by private equity.

“Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, and during his career, he consistently delivered sustainable, profitable growth,” said Aguirre, in the release. “I am confident that Mike will successfully continue to integrate the Chiquita and Fresh Express high-performance sales teams.”

Chiquita said Holcomb was most recently with Kao Brands Co., an $11 billlion consumer packaged goods business based in Japan.

During Holcomb’s three-years with Kao Brands — his last position as vice president and general manager of international — the firm saw double-digit revenue growth and record profitability, Chiquita said.