The board of directors of Fruit Patch Inc. has appointed Scott Wallace president and chief executive officer of the Dinuba, Calif.-based company effective July 13. 

“Scott Wallace has led the transformation of several of America’s best known brands and has a well established track record of building strong ties with growers and retailers alike,” Wil Garland, Fruit Patch board chairman, said in a July 11 news release.  “The board is confident Scott will add value for all Fruit Patch key stakeholders including employees, growers, and retailers.” 

Wallace’s appointment makes him the third Fruit Patch president in two years. There is no mention in the release of Glen McClaran, who joined Fruit Patch in August 2007 as chief operating officer and was promoted to president in November of that year. He succeeded Randy Clark, who became president of Fruit Patch after American Capital Strategies Ltd., Bethesda, Md., acquired 80% of Fruit Patch in 2006.

After graduating from college, Wallace worked in sales and marketing positions with Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y. and Jacobs Suchard A.G., Switzerland, according to the release.

Wallace was president and chief executive officer of Mauna Loa Nut Corp., Hilo, Hawaii, a division of The Hershey Company, Hershey, Pa., and was president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Gardenburger Inc., Clearfield, Utah.

 Most recently, Wallace has been president of global operations for SVP Worldwide Inc., New York, a division of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP, New York.

 Founded by Leo and Rosalie Balakian in 1975, Fruit Patch and its marketing arm, Fruit Patch Sales Co., grow, pack and market California stone fruit, table grapes and specialty fruit, including persimmons, pomegranates and Asian pears.

Fruit Patch names president, CEO