(Jan. 14) WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Following his former boss, Thomas Krugman is moving to the California Strawberry Commission from the Almond Board of California.

Krugman has accepted the position of director of industry services. He will bring more than 20 years of production agriculture knowledge to the position when he starts Feb. 1. Krugman is the senior director of policy and administration for the almond board.

Strawberry commission president Rodger Wasson also came from the almond board, where he served as president and chief executive officer for 10 years until taking over at the commission in May.

Krugman also has held senior management positions at Tri Valley Growers and the California Cling Peach Advisory Board.

Mark Murai, chairman of the strawberry commission’s board, said in a news release that Krugman stood out as a candidate for the position.

“He will be very beneficial, especially to the grower community because he can identify with their issues and concerns,” Murai said in a news release.

Krugman’s commission position will encompass many of the duties that former executive vice president Cindy Jewell performed. He will be responsible for the commission’s finances, including assessment and collection of funds, cash management and flow analysis, crop data analysis and oversight of policy development.

Krugman said he liked the opportunities to serve the strawberry industry that Wasson has outlined for him.

“I’ve worked with him in the past, and we worked really well together,” Krugman said. “I like the services the strawberry commission offers to the industry.”