Limoneira Company announces the appointment of Stewart Lockwood to the position of vice president of field operations.
In this position, Lockwood is responsible for the harvesting and grower services departments and interacts closely with the packing, sales and food safety departments to drive annual estimates, operations, sales and financial goals that best align with the company standards.
His ties to the business of citrus and avocado growing can be traced back to his childhood. Lockwood’s family had a ranch in Santa Paula where they grew lemons and Valencia oranges. They also had a small avocado grove that produced six different varieties.
He attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California and studied business management at the University of Southern California (USC) and Cal State Northridge.
In 1994, Lockwood moved to the San Joaquin Valley for his first packing house job with a small lemon shipper where he served as shipping supervisor and later sales coordinator. His next position was salesperson for national produce grower and distributor DiMare Fresh, where in 2004, he was named general manager of its citrus sales office.
In 2010 Lockwood returned to Santa Paula to work for Limoneira, where over the next decade, he held the titles of director of lemon packing, director of field operations, and most recently, senior director of grower services and field operations. In addition to this new role, Lockwood is the current president of the Valley Ag Federal Credit Union, a member of the California Avocado Inspection Committee and past worthy president of the Porterville Eagles Lodge.
“Stewart Lockwood is a talented manager with deep knowledge of the citrus industry. He has a long list of accomplishments in our community and the industry and we are proud to name him to this position,” said Harold Edwards, president and CEO. “We are confident that his ability, extensive knowledge and leadership will help propel Limoneira forward as it continues to grow and expand.”