WAPATO, Wash., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pace International, a leading provider of sustainable post-harvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, is pleased to welcome Luke Shepard as the new Senior Director of Global Operations.

In his new role, Shepard will bring process and quality improvements, strategic sourcing planning, logistics network optimization and customer service improvements to Pace’s global business. He will be based at Wapato, Washington factory supporting US operations, global expansion and diversification plans.

“Our team is very happy to have Luke on board,” said Rodrigo Cifuentes, Executive Vice President and COO, Pace International. “He brings great value to our organization through his extensive experience in chemical facility management, as well as manufacturing operations and logistics. His drive to maximize operational efficiency will not only benefit our state-based operations but also to our international business as it expands into new countries, cultures and technologies.”

Most recently, Shepard served as Regional Operations Manager for Dubois Chemicals (formerly BHS Specialty Chemicals), where he was responsible for the personnel and operations of three chemical manufacturing facilities and two warehouses on the West Coast, covering various areas including strategic planning, sourcing, production, repackaging, warehousing, distribution and customer service management.

Shepard served in the US Air Force and holds a Master of Science degree in accounting, project management, and business administration. He has a strong track record in process and productivity improvement, being known for managing operations in a safe, compliant and cost effective manner.

“Luke’s demonstrated professional achievements will elevate our operations and allow us to grow more rapidly internationally through our product and technology diversification strategy,” added Cifuentes. “As Pace’s operations continue to grow in the United States and abroad, Luke’s knowledge and expertise will help us take Pace to new heights. His skills and drive in implementing best practices and sustainable production operations align well with Pace’s mission to produce sustainable post-harvest solutions, while halving carbon emissions across its global operations by 2030.”

About Pace International LLC

Pace International LLC is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences LLC, a Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. business. Pace works with growers, packers and agricultural organizations to develop innovative solutions to improve, protect and preserve the quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Pace is the world’s leading provider of sustainable post-harvest solutions and technologies, equipment and technical services to maximize the efficiency of packing operations and increase harvest freshness and value. For more information, visit the company’s website at paceint.com.

About Valent Biosciences LLC

Based at Libertyville, ILValent BioSciences LLC is a subsidiary of Tokyoto Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. Valent BioSciences is the world’s leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of biorational products, with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 certified company. For more information, visit the company’s website at valentbiosciences.com.

SOURCE Pace International