Fernando Aguirre http://wfae.org en Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte? http://wfae.org/post/were-chiquitas-bananas-good-charlotte <p>Chiquita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte for the first time Thursday. &nbsp;It's a sign the company's relocation from Cincinnati is complete – and it's an opportunity to take a look at what Charlotte taxpayers got for the generous tax incentives they gave </span>Chiquita<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Julie Rose 27756 at http://wfae.org Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte? New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/new-top-banana-meets-chiquita-employees-and-charlotte <p>The new CEO charged with restoring Chiquita's profits is on the job now and busy introducing himself&nbsp;to the company's 20,000 employees.</p><p>Just before speaking with WFAE, he met with an&nbsp;auditorium&nbsp;full of&nbsp;Chiquita employees clad in blue and yellow shirts. Lonergan was impressed.</p><p><strong>"That's a really interesting thing for me, because I came here because I have passion for the legacy of this brand and the future potential that it has," says Lonergan. "I also came here because every person I met wears that passion on their sleeve, literally."</strong></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:22:58 +0000 Julie Rose 13558 at http://wfae.org New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte Chiquita Names New CEO http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-names-new-ceo <p>Chiquita's new CEO is better versed in selling soap than bananas, but the company's board believes it needs a someone with turnaround experience right now and Edward Lonergan is their choice.&nbsp;</p><p>News of CEO Fernando Aguirre's exit from Chiquita last month caused some angst in Charlotte. He's been ever-present around town and on Twitter as the charismatic, bow-tie wearing face of the company. . . not to mention the man city leaders dealt with in wooing Chiquita's headquarters here with significant incentives.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:52:22 +0000 Julie Rose 13106 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-ceo-shares-lessons-way-out <p>Layoffs and cost-cutting are underway at one of the most recent marquee companies to relocate to Charlotte. Chiquita Brands International announced a restructuring plan last week that will cut 300 jobs in the coming months, including 15 here in Charlotte. . . and that CEO Fernando Aguirre is on his way out.<br><br>It was a disappointing surprise for the Charlotte business community, but not for Aguirre.<br><br>He was pleased to see banana pudding on the menu for business leaders at a Rotary club lunch yesterday<br> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 3012 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out