Bumble Bee Seafoods Taps Former StarKist Exec to Be New CEO

April 2, 2024
Andrew Choe, who led StarKist for eight years, took the reins of Bumble Bee on April 1.

Bumble Bee Seafoods has appointed a new CEO to lead the company effective as of April 1. Andrew Choe took the reins of the 125-year-old seafoods company, appointed to the position by Jerry Chou, who had served as interim CEO since July 2022. Chou will continue to serve as chair of the board for Bumble Bee.

Choe comes to Bumble Bee after serving as CEO for Sensee World, a company that provides products to help the visually impaired community. Prior to that, Choe had spent eight years as CEO of StarKist, prior to which he had been senior vice president of supply chain and operations for the company for two years.

Choe resides in Pittsburgh, but will relocate to San Diego, Calif., to work from Bumble Bee’s company offices.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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