Global Food Safely Initiative announces new appointments

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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, has appointed Yves Rey, corporate quality general manager at Danone, as chairman elect.

Rey will replace current chairman, Jürgen Matern of Metro, in February 2012 and will be the sixth chairman of GFSI.

Cenk Gurol, general manager supply chain division AEON Global SCM, will replace Cindy Jiang, senior director for worldwide quality, food safety and nutrition at McDonald’s, as vice chair, effective immediately. Jiang will continue to serve on the GFSI Board of Directors.

The GFSI Board has also appointed Mike Liewen, VP global quality assurance for Yum! Brands to the GFSI Board, effective immediately. Liewen joined Yum! in 2006, after a 17 year career at General Mills. Prior to working at General Mills, Mike was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska.

Commenting on the changes Matern said: “The GFSI Board is delighted Yves has agreed to take over once I step down in 2012, an appointment which will ensure continuity and which will drive broader acceptance of GFSI among the manufacturer community.

“GFSI’s current momentum, particularly in new geographies, means we must continue to increase awareness among key stakeholders in the global food industry of the benefits of the collaborative GFSI approach and the efficiencies for companies associated with accepting GFSI-recognised schemes in their supply chains.

“Mike’s appointment is particularly significant as GFSI reinforces its foodservice presence on the Board and highlights the role all partners in the supply chain play together in advancing the work of GFSI”.

“Cenk’s appointment as vice chair will help GFSI to build strategic partnerships, specifically in Asia, and to drive greater awareness in regions where the GFSI approach is beginning to gain momentum.”