NatureSweet® announced an addition to its board of directors.
Suzanne Wade brings senior executive perspective from two retailers in both Wal-Mart and H-E-B, on top of a clear commitment to transforming lives, to further support NatureSweet’s growth.
Suzanne’s professional career spans more than 40 years. She spent 11 of those years at Wal-Mart serving as senior vice-president of human resources and senior vice-president of membership, marketing and administration for Sam’s Club. In 1997, she joined H-E-B as group vice-president of sales and advertising and later added H-E-B Own Brand to her responsibilities. She also served as senior vice-president of human resources. For most of her H-E-B career, she led the company’s largest operating division as president of San Antonio Food/Drug Stores, encompassing more than 200 stores and 50,000+ H-E-B partners. She culminated her career spearheading the H-E-B Partner Stock Plan, one of the largest employee stock-based plans in the country.
“The values at NatureSweet are in line with mine--they do what is right with integrity. I could not be prouder to join the board of an organization that knows who they are and fight to transform the lives of agricultural workers,” she says.
On top of her professional career, Suzanne has been recognized for her professional accomplishments and civic contributions by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Tribute to Women Leadership Award, the North San Antonio Chamber Athena Award, the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Trefoil Honoree.
“Suzanne’s perspective will help us raise the bar in our commitment to partner with customers to change the way the packaged produce category operates, driving change not only on the sustained quality of the product, but also in the lives of the agricultural workers,” said Rodolfo Spielmann, NatureSweet® CEO and president. “Her civic contributions and understanding of how important our associates are to help making that success a reality is aligned with the work we are doing in transforming the company from snacking tomatoes to the single-source solution for greenhouse vegetables.”
“Suzanne’s experience is the perfect combination of strategy and hands-on approach to support NatureSweet’s position in the market,” said Bryant Ambelang, NatureSweet’s executive chairman. “She will no doubt help to support its transformation of the agricultural industry.”
With Suzanne’s addition, NatureSweet® has a deep board, with expertise to support its rapid growth:
- Bryant Ambelang – CEO, Silver Ventures and executive chairman, NatureSweet®
- James F. “Fully” Clingman – former president and chief operating officer, H-E-B
- Dale Tremblay – president and CEO, C.H. Guenther & Son
- Kevin Murphy – former president and CEO, Driscoll’s
- Dan Burdett – former head of digital agriculture, Syngenta
- Suzanne Wade – former president of San Antonio Food/Drug Stores, H-E-B
- Jordana Markman-Epstein – chief investment officer, Silver Ventures
- Frederic Steunou – CFO, NatureSweet®
- Rodolfo Spielmann – president and CEO, NatureSweet®