Walmart’s Laura Himes will chair board in 2023 leading new directors and at large representatives

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has announced the nominations for the 2023 IFPA board of directors.

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The volunteer leaders will be confirmed by a ballot shared with membership and their board term will begin at the end of October.

The IFPA board of directors is led by the officers of the executive committee and will be headed in 2023 by current chair-elect, Laura Himes, senior merchandising director at Walmart.

Himes will inherit the role from current chair, Bruce Taylor, chief executive of Taylor Farms. The next chair-elect, slotted to assume leadership of the executive committee will be John Anderson, chair, chief executive and managing partner of Oppy.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with this board of directors,” said Himes.

“It is an incredibly diverse group representing ideas from around the globe and will build on the successes of IFPA’s inaugural year in fulfilling our mission, vision, and delivering on our seven strategic commitments.”  

The new slate of board directors – identified by the Leadership Development Committee – was selected to replace those directors retiring from board service.

This year, this committee was led by past Chairs Dwight Ferguson, president and chief executive of California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Danny Dumas, senior vice president and general manager of Calavo Growers.

“It’s been an honour serving this industry as a part of the Leadership Development Committee,” said Dumas.

“The role of the board is to provide the insights and perspectives that will drive the association forward and create solutions that give our members more access to the people and ideas that can make a difference in their business. I’m confident this board slate of leaders will do just that as it leads an already strong and engaged volunteer community.”

This year’s slate of directors will assume leadership of the Food Safety Council, Australia New Zealand Advisory Board, the Marketing Council and more. Before IFPA officially launched in January of 2022, it was announced that the board structure was designed to support all segments of industry membership across the global supply chain.

“In identifying the volunteers who would join the board in the coming year, we aligned the association’s strategic needs with thought leaders who will bring a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, to ensure the board is reflective of the industry we represent,” said Ferguson.

“We know these leaders will work in partnership with those directors continuing their board service and with the staff to grow prosperity for our industry and the world through bold advocacy, powerful connections, and actionable guidance.”

The new board slate for 2023 includes:

-Australia New Zealand Advisory Board: Richard Byllaardt, chairman of Citrus Australia

-Food Safety Council: Jennifer Pulcipher, director of food safety and compliance of North Bay Produce

-Fresh-Cut Processor Council: Judy Clark, chief executive of Fresh Texas

-Marketing Council: Karen Nardozza president and chief executive of Moxxy Marketing

-South Africa: Jaco Oosthuizen, chief executive of RSA Group

-US Government Relations Council: Bret Erickson, executive vice president of Little Bear Produce

-Wholesaler-Distributor Council: Stefanie Katzman, executive vice president of S Katzman Produce 

The at large representatives include:

-Paulina Criticos, chief executive EMEA of Westfalia Fruit

-Tammy DeBoer, president of Harris Teeter

-Clinton A Lewis Jr, chief executive of AgroFresh Solutions

-Elyse Lipman, chief strategy officer of Lipman Family Farms

-John Simko, president and chief executive of Sunshine Bouquet Company