Next January, Dr. Bob Whitaker will retire from the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in Newark, Delaware, following 11 years of service.
Dr. Whitaker, chief science and technology officer, has proven himself to be a true champion not only for the organization but the industry at large, according to Cathy Burns, PMA’s CEO, in a letter sent out to PMA members.
“His voice has been critical in times of challenge and change, providing a credible source of truth for the industry and, in turn, enhancing PMA relationships with other associations and regulatory partners,” she said.
“Dr. Whitaker’s legacy goes beyond his unmatched expertise in the face of food safety outbreaks, regulatory changes such as implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and more. It is in the lasting solutions he has helped create to ensure this work continues, including being a cornerstone of the formation of the Center for Produce Safety. His ability to translate complex issues into layman’s terms and his willingness to serve has positioned PMA as a trusted source with members, the industry, media, policymakers and regulators.
“In announcing his retirement now, Dr. Whitaker has ensured that PMA is positioned to immediately begin the search to identify his successor, which will be accomplished by year’s end. Until then, Dr. Whitaker will continue to lead his team in their unwavering dedication to providing priceless member value in the areas of food safety, technology, sustainability and supply chain efficiencies.
“The PMA is proud of the work that has been accomplished under Dr. Whitaker’s leadership. His character, integrity and passion have been a gift to the PMA membership and industry at large,” Burns said.