The Italian business is one of the most successful within Dole Europe with a strong historic performance and broad portfolio of customers across the retail, wholesale, and foodservice market with recently developed new facilities which allows the business to capitalise on Doles unique vertically integrated supply chain.
Eden worked closely with the President of Dole Europe and the Organisational Development Director of Total Produce to refine and define the skills, experiences, and characteristics for the appointment focusing on the blend of commercial experience, retail knowledge and strategic insight required to develop Dole Italy.
Once completed Eden completed a talent identification and engagement process within the Italian fresh produce and food manufacturing industry looking at country specific companies as well as pan European organisations. This identified over 156 candidates across southern Europe.
Our Head of Research and Managing Director worked together closely to deliver the key stages of candidate selection: identification, screening, assessment and validation. This approach delivered a shortlist of four candidates which Dole considered highly credible and interviewed; with two candidates being brought back for a 2nd stage and third stage site tours. This process was conducted in complete confidentiality.
After an extensive search and interview process Dole Europe appointed a very experienced Commercial Director from Ferrero who stepped into their first Managing Director with great success harnessing the power of the Dole vertical supply chain with extensive knowledge of product and brand development from the wider food sector.