Vince Maggio has been named vice president of sales and procurement for Los Angeles-based Coast Produce Co. Maggio’s previous jobs included stints as procurement manager for Albertsons Northern California division and director of purchasing at L.A. and San Francisco Specialty.

Maggio has 32 years of experience in procurement and category management, according to a news release.

At Coast Produce, his responsibilities include creating a grower-direct purchasing program.

Maggio took the position during the fall.

“Vince Maggio is a great asset to Coast Produce,” Michael Ito, chief executive officer, said in the release. “We have already seen vast improvements in streamlining our buying and sales efficiencies.”

In January, Coast Produce president Jin Ju Wilder left the company to start her own produce consulting firm. She had been the president since 2006. At the time, Ito said there were no plans to find a successor.

Coast Produce names sales, procurement V.P.