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April 1, 2005

SPAIN/USA: Riviana Foods’ CEO retires

US rice company Riviana Foods has announced that its president and CEO, Joseph A. Hafner Jr., is to retire, effective immediately, after 33 years with the company.

US rice company Riviana Foods has announced that its president and CEO, Joseph A. Hafner Jr., is to retire, effective immediately, after 33 years with the company.

Hafner will assume a new role as non-executive chairman of Riviana’s board. W. David Hanks, executive vice president, has been named to succeed Hafner as president and CEO.

Houston, Texas-based Riviana Foods makes and distributes branded and private-label rice products in the United States. Its principal brands include Mahatma, Carolina and Success. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish food group Ebro Puleva.

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