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Rich Dachman was appointed new chief executive officer. Dachman maintains more than 40 years of experience in the produce industry, with 28 of them at Sysco Corp. Dachman retired from Sysco last month (see below) as vice president of produce, and has been a member of the Brighter Bites board of directors for more than 3 years. Dachman began his produce career with his family-owned business. Following the sale of the family business, he and his father opened a new foodservice operation for Kraft Foods, Inc. before Dachman joined Kraft’s corporate office as national director of produce in 1987. In 1992, he joined FreshPoint Inc. as president of FreshPoint operating companies in Houston, Denver, Atlanta and the company’s central procurement office in Salinas, Calif. When Sysco acquired FreshPoint in 2000, Dachman was appointed senior vice president, Western region, and in 2007, was promoted to vice president of produce for Sysco.
The National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa Jerry Flint was named vice president of engagement and outreach, effective Aug. 1. Flint spent his career in agriculture with progressive leadership roles in production agriculture, science, research, biotechnology and sustainability. He joined Corteva in 2010, and held positions specifically linked to global business management, sustainability, external relations, regulatory approvals and product research and development. Prior to Corteva, Flint was director of regulatory affairs at Monsanto, which included spending 3 years in Singapore leading technology research and development in the Asia Pacific region. Flint currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. He is also the past president of the American Seed Trade Association, past chair of the Biotech Innovation Organization Food and Agriculture Governing Board and has served on the USDA Agriculture Advisory Council.
The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), Kansas City, Mo. Craig Wilson, vice president of quality assurance and food safety at Costco Wholesale Corp., joined the board of directors. In addition, Bill Even, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board, was elected vice president. Even previously served as the global industry relations lead for DuPont Pioneer. Kirk Merritt, executive director of Ohio Soybean Council, was elected secretary/treasurer is. Directors elected to the executive committee are David Fikes, vice president, communications and community/consumer affairs for the Food Marketing Institute; Monica Massey, executive vice president and chief of staff for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; and Emily McMillan, principal program lead, public affairs Chick-Fil-A, Inc.