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LA BELLE, FL-The driving force behind Alico Inc. has returned from a leave of absence that lasted almost two months.

Officials at the La Belle, FL-based agribusiness and land-holding company say Ben Hill Griffin III will resume all prior duties as chairman and chief executive officer.

Neither the company nor the 58-year-old CEO offered any details about the temporary leave of absence in a prepared statement.

Announcement of Griffin’s return had no impact on the company’s publicly traded common stock, which closed unchanged Friday at $28.99 on volume of 2,300. When the company announced the leave in June, shares in the company closed up $1.38 each on light volume.

Shares in Alico are trading near the issue’s 52-week high of $33.34. The issue has traded in the high $20s ever since it closed on June 29 at $32.06 on volume of 323,000. During Griffin’s leave of absence, the company disclosed its net income and total revenue dropped during the nine months ended May 31.

The company reported a net gain of $5.1 million, or 72 cents a share, on total revenue of $48.9 million for the nine months, compared with net of $11.3 million, or $1.61 cents a share, on total revenue of $53.1 million for the same period last year.

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