2016 IFT Leadership Election

IFT is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 IFT Leadership Election. Our 16 talented candidates offer a breadth of knowledge about the profession, a diverse volunteer history within IFT and beyond, and an unwavering commitment to each of you.

Please select each candidate to view their candidate profile in order to be prepared for the elections which will be held on February 15 - March 15, 2016.

President-Elect

  • Martin Cole, Director, Food & Nutrition, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • Cindy Stewart, Global BioControl R&D Leader, DuPont Nutrition and Health, United States

Board of Directors

  • Cornelius Dick (Kees) de Gooijer, Chief Inspiration Officer, Topconsortia for Knowledge & Innovation Agri & Food, and Biobased Economy
  • Chris Findlay, Chairman, Compusense Inc, Canada
  • Sarah Kirkmeyer, Director of Consumer Sensory Insights, Givaudan Corporation, United States
  • Roger Lawrence, Vice President Global Quality & Regulatory Affairs, McCormick and Co., Inc, United States
  • Lauren Shimek, Senior Portfolio Director, IDEO, United States
  • Gunnar Sigge, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Geoffrey W. Smithers, Owner & Director, Geoffrey Smithers Food Industry Consulting Services, Inc, Australia

Nominations & Elections Committee

Due to a vacancy on the current Nominations & Elections Committee, there will be two categories of committee candidates on the ballot – immediate term to fulfill the remaining 18 months of the vacant seat and the annual vote to elect three members to serve the full 3-year term.

Candidates for Full Term (Three elected)

  • Brian E. Farkas, Professor and Head, Department of Food Science, Purdue University, United States
  • Carmen L. Gomes, Assistant Professor at Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, United States
  • Hongda Chen, National Program Leader, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States
  • Nicolas Bordenave, R&D Manager, PepsiCo Inc., United Kingdom
  • Sam Millar, Director of Technology, Campden BRI, United Kingdom

Candidates for Immediate Term (One elected)

  • Danielle Robertson, Quality Systems Manager, R&D Department, Beachbody, United States
  • Enrique Palou, Professor, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico 

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect, four members for the Board of Directors, three members for the full term Nominations & Elections Committee and one member to fill the immediate term on Nominations & Elections Committee. During our election, from February 15 - March 15, 2016, IFT members will be able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send out an “Election Open” message via e-mail on February 15 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

The IFT Bylaws, approved by the Board of Directors states the following:

Article VII—Elections

Section 7.3: Candidates by Petition

Petitions, together with pertinent biographical information and a statement by the candidate, must be filed with the Executive Vice President. The deadline for petitions shall be determined by the Board of Directors and communicated to members before the election. Any candidate brought forth by petition must have submitted and completed their nomination and candidate information form through the online process.

a) President-Elect

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members of the Institute, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for President-elect by filing a written petition. The president-elect candidate brought forth by petition must have participated in the official call for nominations in the year in which he/she is seeking election, and therefore should have a nomination form on file with the Nominations and Elections Committee. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

b) Board of Directors

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

c) Committee on Nominations and Elections

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

View complete copy of the IFT Bylaws.

Visit the Candidate Guide to learn more about the IFT board leadership process 

The deadline to submit a petition for the election process is January 8, 2016. Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to Kate Dockins, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at kdockins@ift.org.

Questions?

Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to:

Kate Dockins
Director, Volunteer Leadership
kdockins@ift.org