Chiquita Brands International 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities and Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 16, 2012
CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
250 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (513) 784-8000
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions
Resignation of Michael B. Sims
On February 16, 2012, Michael B. Sims, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, announced his resignation, effective upon the filing of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Appointment of Chief Financial Officer
The Company has appointed Brian W. Kocher (age 42) as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. This appointment is effective as of the resignation of Michael B. Sims from that role. Mr. Kocher joined Chiquita in 2005 as the Company’s Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. From October 2007 until 2011 he served as President of North America, leading the successful transformation of the Company’s North American banana and salads businesses. In 2011 Mr. Kocher was appointed President, Europe and the Middle East, responsible for all of the Company’s operations across that region. Prior to joining Chiquita, Mr. Kocher held increasingly responsible finance and executive positions, including as Vice President, National Accounts and Executive Director Commercial Finance at HILL-ROM, Inc (2002-2005), Global Controller, Global Consumer Finance and Global Controller, Information Technology Solutions at GE Capital, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Conxus Communications, Inc. (1995-1999), Controller, USA Mobile Communications, Inc. II (1993-1995) and as Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse, LLP (1991-1993). Mr. Kocher holds a B.B.A. (Accounting) from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and is a Certified Public Accountant (State of Ohio).
There are no family relationships between Brian W. Kocher and any director or executive officer of the Company.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.