Soren Bjorn named CEO of Driscoll’s
Driscoll’s board of directors has elected Soren Bjorn, currently president of Driscoll’s of the Americas, as the company’s new CEO. He will assume the role in January 2024 and oversee the company’s global day-to-day operations.
Miles Reiter, the current chairman and CEO of Driscoll’s, is retiring in Jan. 2024 and will become executive chairman of the family-owned company.
Bjorn joined Driscoll’s in 2006 and has been involved in nearly every facet of the business over the past 17 years. As the former senior vice president of international business and global technologies, he led business development in Europe, South America, and Australia, as well as global research and development and breeding. He became the leader of Driscoll’s business unit in North America in 2013 and was elevated to his current position as president of Driscoll’s of the Americas in 2017.
The company says Bjorn’s priorities as incoming CEO are to maintain the company’s thriving culture and continue accelerating its global growth. He will also guide the company’s efforts to implement new technologies that improve operational efficiencies and ensure the business remains resilient against industry-wide challenges such as climate change.
“I’m humbled that Miles, the board, and the thousands of Driscoll’s team members around the world have entrusted me to guide the company into its future,” Bjorn says. “Miles’ legacy is the power and clarity of Driscoll’s mission, vision, and values. He has used them to guide every decision and action for the company. As the new steward of Driscoll’s, I fully commit to all our employees, partners, and customers that I will build upon his legacy and honor these same principles.”
An Enduring Legacy
Miles Reiter has been involved in the berry business in some capacity for much of the past 70 years. After college, he became a berry grower in California’s Pajaro Valley in the 1970s and was elected chairman of the board of directors in 1988. Reiter has twice served as the company’s CEO – once from 2000-2015 and again from 2018-present.
“Generations of my family before me and, I suspect, generations after, have been, or will be, deeply involved in this always fascinating business,” Reiter said. “A particular pleasure has been to get to know the people who make up our global team of employees, independent growers, industry partners, and retail customers, whether it be in the field, at a work site, in the market, over a glass of wine and a meal, or best yet, all of the above.“
He added, “It’s now time for me to step aside as CEO. Along with our board of directors, I have sought a new leader who is deeply committed to our values, our mission, and a future in which Driscoll’s becomes the world’s berry company, enriching the lives of everyone we touch. It is with great enthusiasm and confidence that we appoint Soren as the new CEO. His deep global knowledge of the berry business, powerful intellect, sound judgment, and contagious sense of humor make him uniquely qualified for this role.”