June 5, 2007/Business Wire/WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Dole Food Company Inc. today announced that it has named David DeLorenzo as its new president and chief executive officer. DeLorenzo has been associated with Dole for over 37 years, and is currently serving on the board of directors and chairs the Audit Committee. David DeLorenzo has held various executive positions at Dole including president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of the board.

Richard Dahl, currently president and chief operating officer, will be leaving the company to pursue personal business interests.

David H. Murdock, the owner of Dole, previously acted as chief executive officer and will remain chairman of the board. Murdock commented, "We are pleased to have David undertake this expanded leadership role in the company. His knowledge and experience in the industry are unprecedented."

From the June 18, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash