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David H. Murdock Announces New Castle & Cooke North Carolina Leadership

December 10, 2015


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Westlake Village, CA – David H. Murdock, the visionary behind the NC Research Campus, announced today that Mark Spitzer, director of human resources for Castle & Cooke, Inc., has been promoted to vice president of North Carolina Operations.

David H. Murdock

David H. Murdock

“I am strongly committed to the mission of the NC Research Campus and to all of our operations in North Carolina,” Murdock said. “I feel Mark is the right person to help us succeed in achieving the vision of the campus and leading our North Carolina operations.”

In this position, Spitzer will work closely with leaders of the various constituencies in the NC Research Campus and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI). He will also oversee Castle & Cooke’s real estate, recreational and hospitality operations in and around Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Spitzer was chosen for the position because of his 35 years of experience in professional and management roles in academia, construction and human resources.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed an MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at both universities, and at UCLA improved collaboration and cost management efforts in concert with academic and administrative departments.

Mark Spitzer NC Research Campus

Mark Spitzer

He strengthened the leadership and collaborative skills of the management and executive teams at Flying Tigers, Rockwell International and National Medical
Enterprises.  He built a successful residential remodeling business before returning to corporate life in the late 1990s as director of executive compensation at Computer Sciences Corporation and, most recently, as director of human resources in the corporate offices of Dole Food Company and Castle & Cooke, Inc.

Spitzer commented: “This is a very exciting opportunity to work with Mr. Murdock to realize his vision for the NC Research Campus and the David H. Murdock Research Institute.  I look forward to working with leadership on the campus and to leading Castle & Cooke’s North Carolina management team to further our common mission. ”


About the David H. Murdock Research Institute

The DHMRI, founded by Mr. Murdock, is a flagship partner on the NC Research Campus.  DHMRI collaborates with companies, institutions and researchers throughout the world to integrate genomics, metabolomics and proteomics, as well as analytical sciences, cellular sciences and bioinformatics to make food nutritious, therapies effective, prevention possible and people healthier.


About the NC Research Campus

The NC Research Campus is home to 20 corporate, academic and healthcare partners including UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke University, General Mills, Sensory Spectrum, LabCorp, Dole Foods, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Carolinas Healthcare System. Research and development are focused on advancing science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture. The NCRC is located on a 350-acre campus in Kannapolis, NC, just north of Charlotte.


About Castle & Cooke

Castle & Cooke is part of the David H. Murdock family of companies. Castle & Cooke, Inc. and its affiliated companies represent a diversified business portfolio that include private aviation services, development and ownership of real estate, mortgage lending, leasing of transportation equipment and manufacturing of brick and related building materials.




Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus/David H. Murdock Research Institute, 704-200-5070,

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