TheFood Processing Suppliers Association(FPSA), McLean, Va., said it hired David Seckmanas president and CEO, effective this August. He will succeedDr. George Melnykovich , who is retiring after 23 years as FPSA president.

Seckman has been CEO of the Natural Products Association for the past nine years. He also has experience with the American Health Care Association.

"We are pleased to have an individual with David's vast experience and a superb record of accomplishments take the helm at a most significant time in our association's history," said Barry Shoulders, president of Packaging Technologies and FPSA board chairman.

FPSA recently announced that it will co-locate its 2010 Process Expo trade show next July with the Institute of Food Technologists' annual IFT Conference and Food Expo.

Said Shoulders, "David Seckman is keenly aware of the challenges facing the global food and beverage industry and he is uniquely qualified to lead FPSA to meet those challenges successfully."