WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — Johan Linden has been named president and chief operating officer of Dole Food Co. He succeeds C. Michael Carter, who is retiring from the company.

Mr. Linden most recently was president of Dole’s European operations.

“Over the past decade, Johan has proven his leadership in successively broader management roles with the company,” said David H. Murdock, chairman and chief executive officer. “He has a breadth of global and day-to-day operational experience that will enable us to focus even more on creative initiatives and strategic decision-making. I am confident that this management change with Johan as president will bring great value to the company as we pursue new opportunities in expanding markets. I am looking forward to working more closely with him and our long-established dedicated and strong management team as we continue to grow the company.”

Mr. Murdock also thanked Mr. Carter for his years of service to Dole, both as an officer and as a director, stating “Michael Carter has worked closely with me for many years and has been a tireless contributor to Dole, for which I am deeply appreciative and thankful.”