Stephen Sibert has joined San Francisco-based Diamond Foods Inc. in the newly created position of vice president of corporate affairs and communications, according to a news release.

Trade association executive joins Diamond Foods

Sibert had been senior vice president of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C., where he spent the past 15 years. Previously, he worked with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Stephen’s knowledge and experience in the packaged food industry will greatly augment Diamond's emerging leadership role in our industry,” Linda Segre, senior vice president of corporate strategy and communications, said in the release. “His strategic orientation and background in public and industry affairs make him a natural fit for the role.”

In his new role at Diamond Foods, a grower-packer-shipper of in shell and culinary nuts sold under the Diamond of California brand, Sibert will oversee industry and governmental affairs, according to the release.