(Jan. 23) Mike Mitchell, director of corporate communications for Chiquita Brands International Inc., is leaving the Cincinnati-based company.

Mitchell, who has worked for Chiquita since 2002, is relocating to Chicago for personal reasons. His departure is effective Jan. 18, he said.

Ed Loyd, Chiquita’s manager of corporate communications and investor relations, is assuming Mitchell’s position while Chiquita looks for a replacement, Loyd said.