Pace International welcomes Julie Smith as Senior Human Resources Manager

WAPATO, Wash., July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pace International, a leading provider of sustainable post-harvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, is pleased to welcome Julie Smith, as Senior Director of Human Resources. Smith will work to identify, advise and guide organizational design to meet future business needs.

“We are thrilled to welcome Julie to our team at Pace,” said Rodrigo Cifuentes, Executive Vice President and COO of Pace International. “Julie brings strong leadership in developing organizations and implementing policies and initiatives to enhance and grow people’s careers while creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.”

Previously, Smith spent 15 years in professional human resource management in the agriculture and manufacturing industries, where she held senior leadership positions. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at McClarin Plastics and prior to that, she was Director of Human Resources at Legacy Fruit Packers in Washington.

“In an increasingly competitive talent market, Julie brings the experience and leadership needed to enhance Pace’s talent development and acquisition efforts, which are critical to supporting our global expansion and transformation goals.” , added Cifuentes. “His background and professional interests align with Pace’s mission to create sustainable post-harvest protection through the power of our people, technology and nature-inspired solutions.”

About Pace International LLC

Pace International LLC is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences LLC, a Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. business. Pace works with growers, packers and agricultural organizations to develop innovative solutions to improve, protect and preserve the quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Pace is the world’s leading provider of sustainable post-harvest solutions and technologies, equipment and technical services to maximize the efficiency of packing operations and increase harvest freshness and value. For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Valent Biosciences LLC

Based at Libertyville, ILValent BioSciences LLC is a subsidiary of Tokyoto Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. Valent BioSciences is the world’s leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of biorational products, with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 certified company. For more information, visit the company’s website at

SOURCE Pace International