2015 IFT Leadership Election

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 IFT Leadership Election.  This process includes notifying IFT members of the slate of candidates identified for IFT President-Elect, Board of Directors, and the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Our 10 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.  The candidates are as follows:

Candidates for President-Elect

  • John Coupland, Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Luis Fernandez, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle, Illinois, U.S.

Candidates for the Board of Directors

  • Mohamed Badaoui Najjar, A. Principal Scientist, Pepsico Beverages International, New York, U.S.  
  • Pam Coleman, President, Biofortis, Illinois, U.S.
  • Carolyn Fisher, Senior Scientist, Decernis, Maryland, U.S.
  • Jonathan Gray, Director of Transformational Innovation, ConAgra Foods Research Quality and Innovation, Nebraska, U.S.
  • Larry Keener, President CEO, International Product Safety Consultants, LLC, Washington, U.S.
  • Robert McGorrin, Department Head, Food Science & Technology, Oregon State University, Oregon, U.S.
  • Anthony Pavel, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC, U.S.
  • Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department & Senior Lecturer, Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University. Matieland, South Africa  

Candidates for the Nominations & Elections Committee

The candidates for the Nominations & Elections Committee will be forthcoming.

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect, four members for the Board of Directors and three members for the Nominations & Elections Committee. During our election from February 17-March 18, 2015, 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 17 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

As a reminder, any candidate brought forth by petition for IFT President-Elect or Board of Directors must have submitted and completed their nomination and candidate information form through the online process to be eligible.

Any member opting to run as a petition candidate for President-Elect or the Board of Directors must file a Declaration of Intent by Monday, October 20, 2014. Members have 30 days from the initial notification on October 1, 2014 to submit petitions. Deadline for receipt of petitions is 5:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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.

IFT Professional Member Count as of October 1, 2014 = 4,529 members

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.

For a complete copy of the IFT Bylaws, please click here.

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.