The Institute of Food Technologists has announced that Sean Leighton has assumed the role of board president, succeeding Christopher Downs, Ph.D.
Leighton is the global vice president of food safety, quality and regulatory at Cargill.
Since 1999, Leighton has served in several volunteer roles as a presenter, panelist, podcast thought leader, and an advisory council member of IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center.
FT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean, said, " Sean’s commitment to advancing the science of food has long been an inspiration to IFT, its members, and the science of food community in general. He brings a unique perspective to the role, not only as a global leader in industry, but also as a former student member. Sean has been an IFT champion for more than 20 years, and we are excited to see the impact he will now make as president of IFT."
Leighton said, "I am incredibly humbled and excited to step into the role of IFT president. The IFT community means so much to me because of the important and impressive role it plays in bringing together leaders across industries, governments, and academia to help ensure our global food system is safe, nutritious, and sustainable. I am looking forward to the year ahead and having this opportunity to serve IFT and the science of food community."