Fruit and vegetables producer Dole Food has appointed David DeLorenzo as its president and CEO.

DeLorenzo, currently on the company's board of directors, has been associated with Dole for more than 37 years, having held various executive positions including president, CEO and vice chairman of the board.
 
Dole's current president and CEO Richard Dahl is to leave the company to pursue personal business interests. David Murdock, who owns the company and previously acted as CEO, is to remain as chairman of the board.
 
"We are pleased to have David undertake this expanded leadership role in the company," Murdock said. "His knowledge and experience in the industry are unprecedented."