Chestnut Hill Farms, a vertically integrated importer of fresh pineapples in North America with substantial agricultural involvement in Costa Rica, announced leadership changes to its management team and advisory board, all effective February 1.
Longtime President and COO Raul Romero is stepping down and assuming leadership responsibilities as Executive Director of the Chestnut Hill Farms Advisory Board.
From left to right: Raul Romero, Martin S. Jensen
“For the past 30 years, Raul has been the foundation of the company’s operational success,” said Trond S. Jensen, CEO of Chestnut Hill Farms and Chairman of the Advisory Board. “He has spent more years with Chestnut Hill Farms than anyone, including myself. His leadership on the Board of Directors will be invaluable and provide continuity as Chestnut Hill Farms enters the next phase of growth.”
Martin S. Jensen assumes the role of President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Martin brings valuable experience in all aspects of agribusiness operations and has the skills and passion that will guide Chestnut Hill Farms into the future,” Romero said.
Martin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University.
Prior to Chestnut Hill Farms, Martin was an associate solicitor for Gibraltar Private Bank gaining experience in corporate governance and regulatory matters, negotiation and litigation management. He has also worked for Sol Group Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Fyffes, dealing with legal and business affairs, such as providing advice for strategic business decisions, managing the acquisition of a banana plantation in America central office, overseeing the main land trusts for farms in Honduras and handling claims, litigation and immigration matters. In Costa Rica, Martin immersed himself in the operations of Upala Agricola, a successful pineapple growing and packing company.
Since joining Chestnut Hill Farms in 2018, Martin has held the positions of General Counsel, Operations Coordinator, Operations Manager, and in 2021 he assumed the position of Vice President of Sales, Operations and logistics for North America.
From left to right: Trond S. Jensen, Bill Sheridan and John Ordman.
“Martin’s strategic, innovative and analytical mind drives him as a change agent at Chestnut Hill Farms,” Romero said. “He has the skills and the vision to lead as President and Chief Operating Officer. We are extremely excited about the future with Martin at the helm.”
Additionally, William (Bill) Sheridan joins the Chestnut Hill Farms Advisory Board. Previously, Bill held leadership positions at Del Monte, Banacol and One Banana. He brings extensive experience in agricultural products after 40 years in the industry. Bill will help implement Board of Directors sales and marketing guidelines to improve Chestnut Hill Farms customer service, reliability, satisfaction and loyalty.
John Ordman will continue to lend his business acumen to Chestnut Hill Farms as a member of the advisory board. Trond S. Jensen also remains Chief Executive Officer of Chestnut Hill Farms and Chairman of the Advisory Board.