LA BELLE, Fla., Aug. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCO), a land management company, announced today the hiring of Chris Ward as Vice-President for Planning and Business Development, effective August 16, 2010. Mr. Ward will be responsible for providing new business planning and development for Alico, Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Mr. Ward most recently was the Founder and Principal Manager of Magnolia Florida, a private investment fund management company specializing in the acquisition of Florida tax certificates. Alico currently holds a 40% interest in one of these funds. Prior to his involvement with Magnolia Florida, Mr. Ward was the Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for the Southeast Region of Centex Homes and the Vice President of Strategy, North America, for InterContinental Hotels Group. Mr. Ward holds an MBA from the Darden School of business at the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
JD Alexander, President and CEO of Alico, stated, "We are pleased to have Chris join our team. His background in planning and strategy will add value to our efforts to evaluate current and future business opportunities at Alico and will be instrumental in our work of increasing shareholder value."
About Alico, Inc.
Alico, Inc., a land management company operating in Central and Southwest Florida, owns approximately 135,500 acres of land located in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Polk counties. Alico is involved in various agricultural operations and real estate activities. Alico's mission is to grow its asset values through its agricultural and real estate activities to produce superior long-term returns for its shareholders.
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