Ocean Mist Farms announces leadership promotions
Large artichoke grower Ocean Mist Farms (OMF) has promoted Chris Drew to chief operations officer and Gladys Valenzuela-Corzo to vice president of human resources.
In his new role as COO, Drew will oversee both production and harvesting as part of his expanded operations role. He has been with OMF for 16 years, including the past three as VP of operations.
Prior to joining OMF, Drew earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in crop science from California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo. He maintains a strong relationship with the university and acts as chairman of the Horticulture and Crop Science Advisory Council, where he and industry colleagues help to provide insight into today’s trends and challenges in production agriculture.
“Chris’ depth of knowledge for all facets of our operation makes him ready for his expanded role as our new chief operations officer,” said Joe Pezzini, CEO of Ocean Mist Farms.
In her new role as vice president of human resources, Valenzuela-Corzo will play an expanded role in strategic planning. Before assuming her new position, Valenzuela-Corzo joined OMF in May 2015 as director of human resources. She has an extensive HR background, with 17 years of progressive human resources leadership experience in ag and the publishing/media industry.
Prior to joining OMF, Valenzuela-Corzo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California and a master’s degree from Chapman University.
“Gladys’ passion for Human Resources and broad expertise are the right combination for her promotion as vice president of human resources,” said Pezzini.