Santa Clara Valley Bank in Santa Paula, Calif., announced Friday that its president and chief executive, Michael D. Hause has resigned to return to a career in agribusiness.

Hause told the bank's board that he has accepted a management position at Calavo Growers Inc., a leading grower and shipper of avocados. Hause, who started his professional career in agriculture, has been a member of Calavo's board for eight years.

The $132 million-asset bank said that Chairman Ralph De Leon will take over as interim CEO until a replacement for Hause is found.

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