Americold, a global leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics,said it addedEdward F. Lange, Jr. as chief financial officer and member of its board of directors. Officials said Lange succeedsRon Hutchinson, who assumed the role of chief integration officer.

Lange joins Americold after 10 years with BRE Properties, Inc., where he initially served as the chief financial officer and was subsequently promoted to chief operating officer, and appointed as a director.  Prior to joining BRE Properties, Lange was the chief financial officer at Health Care REIT, Inc. and served as senior vice president of finance at the Mediplex Group, Inc. and affiliates. Americold said Lange started his career at the Advest Group, Inc., a regional investment bank then located in New England. 

“We are delighted that Ed has joined us as CFO,” said Jos Opdeweegh, Americold’s chief executive officer.  “Ed is a proven leader in the REIT industry with broad strategic, financial and operating experience.  He will be a critical member of our team as we execute our business plan and strategic initiatives.”

Opdeweegh added, “Ron Hutchinson has been integral to our success and we are pleased he has assumed the role of chief integration officer; a position created to maximize the synergies and potential associated with the merger of Americold and Versacold, an acquisition we transacted December 2010."

Americold, Atlanta, owns and operates 182 temperature-controlled warehouses, with more than 1.1 billion cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada.