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Seneca Foods increases size of board of directors, adds Nelson

By Journal Staff



MARION — Seneca Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: SENEA, SENEB) recently increased the size of its board of directors from seven to eight members and appointed Linda K. Nelson to fill the newly created board position.

Seneca Foods, headquartered in the town of Marion in Wayne County, is a provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities across the U.S. including in Geneva and Penn Yan.

Nelson will serve as an independent director and has been appointed as a member of the audit committee of the Seneca Foods board, the company said in a Feb. 3 corporate filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. She has more than 26 years of experience in financial and operational management. Nelson serves as a financial-executive consultant, holding a senior-leadership position on various acquisition and merger due-diligence teams evaluating opportunities for both large-scale private equity firms and local entrepreneurs. From 2011-2013, Nelson served as chief financial officer at First American Equipment Finance. Before that, she worked at Birds Eye Foods, Inc. for 15 years in increasingly responsible financial roles, reaching the position of executive VP, CFO, and secretary in 2008.

Seneca Foods says it holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service, and export canned-vegetable markets, distributing to more than 90 countries. Products are sold under the Libby’s, Aunt Nellie’s, Green Valley, CherryMan, READ, and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips.


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