Chiquita Adds Post of Chief Compliance Officer

CINCINNATI -- Chiquita Brands International here named Vanessa L. Vargas-Land v.p./chief compliance officer, a new position that will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company's compliance and ethics program.

Vargas will report to James Thompson, Chiquita's s.v.p./general counsel, but she will have a close working relationship as well with Fernando Aguirre, Chiquita's chairman and c.e.o., the company said.

In addition, she will collaborate closely with the company's corporate responsibility officer and the audit and nominating & governance committees of the board of directors.

Vargas comes to Chiquita from Abbott Laboratories, where she most recently served as ethics and compliance officer for the company's nutrition division. Prior to that, she developed and implemented the compliance program for Abbott's affiliate business units, located in 59 countries outside of the United States. While at Abbott, she developed and led multiple training initiatives regarding ethics and compliance. Vargas joined Abbott in 2000 as litigation counsel.
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