Ed Lonergan http://wfae.org en Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin http://wfae.org/post/merger-means-charlotte-will-share-chiquita-dublin <p>Chiquita's merger with an Irish produce company will have a minimal impact on the number of jobs the banana giant keeps in Charlotte. The company currently employs about 300 people at its headquarters in uptown.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:59:46 +0000 Michael Tomsic 46621 at http://wfae.org Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin Chiquita CEO Promises Shareholders No More 'Distractions' http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-ceo-promises-shareholders-no-more-distractions <p>"A celebration of new beginnings" is what Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan called the company's annual meeting in Charlotte on Thursday.&nbsp; Only about 100 shareholders attended – and most were Chiquita employees.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:37:39 +0000 Julie Rose 27893 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Promises Shareholders No More 'Distractions' Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-loses-67m-q3-new-ceo-stays-course <p></p><p>Chiquita&nbsp;Brands International announced a $67 million third-quarter loss Wednesday, but the company's new CEO Ed Lonergan&nbsp;&nbsp;said that was better than he expected in a year beset with relocation expenses and volatility in European markets. &nbsp;It was Lonergan's first earnings announcement since being hired last month to replace Fernando Aguirre.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:56:23 +0000 Julie Rose 15419 at http://wfae.org Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course 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