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Michael Castagnetto Takes Helm at Robinson Fresh

Exec succeeds Jim Lemke at the global produce marketer and distributor
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Michael Castagnetto has been promoted to president of C.H. Robinson’s Robinson Fresh division. He succeeds Jim Lemke, who retired earlier this year. Castagnetto will report to C.H. Robinson President and CEO Bob Biesterfeld.

“Michael has a passion for serving customers and ensuring the success of our employees,” Biesterfeld said in a statement. “He is a strong leader with a proven track record of establishing successful teams built on trust, common goals and communication. His many years of leadership across all aspects of the business position him well to lead Robinson Fresh into the future, and I’m pleased with his appointment to this role.”

A member of the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson team since 2005, Castagnetto has held various leadership roles throughout his career, including sourcing manager of Food Source, general manager of the tropical and dry vegetable categories, director of global supply and VP of global sourcing. Throughout that period, he was a key player in the evolution of the company’s fresh business into one of the leading supply-chain product and services companies in the fresh food industry.

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Michael Castagnetto

“I’m proud to lead a team of people with deep industry knowledge who our customers can rely on,” said Castagnetto. “I look forward to continuing to evolve fresh supply chains and ensure our customers have the products, services and information they need to drive smarter solutions.”

A division of C.H. Robinson, the world’s largest logistics platform, Robinson Fresh specializes in sourcing and transporting fresh produce for consumers around the world. 

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