IFT 2019 Leadership Election Results

IFT 2019 Leadership Election Results

The vote on IFT’s 2019 Leadership Elections came to an official close at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, March 4, 2019. The following members were elected to into IFT volunteer leadership roles, with terms beginning on September 1, 2019:

IFT President Elect

  • Noel Anderson, PhD, Managing Partner, Mosaic Food Advisors, LLC, United States

IFT Board of Directors

  • Adelia Bovell-Benjamin, PhD, CFS, Professor, Tuskegee University, United States
  • Sean Leighton, Global VP, Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, United States
  • Brendan Niemira, PhD, Research Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, United States
  • Yanyun Zhao, PhD, CFS, Professor, Food Science and Technology and Associate Dean of Graduate School, Oregon State University, United States

Nominations and Elections Committee

  • John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science, Penn State University, United States
  • Darryl RileySVP Quality, Food Safety and R & D Hostess Brands, United States
  • Marcia Walker, PhD, Vice President of Food Safety and Research, Tofurky Inc., United States

We appreciate all of the candidates’ involvement in this important election, and extend a special thank you to all of our members who voted.

Voting Notifications

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Participating Sections
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Nominations & Elections Timeline

January 21-24
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February 1 – March 4
Election voting is open 

March 5-8
All candidates will be contacted