International Food and Beverage Technology Association Adds Industry Leaders as New Board Members

IFBTA Admin November 16, 2020

Washington, D.C., November 16, 2020 – The International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA) announced the newest addition to the association, appointing five food and beverage technology executives to the Board of Directors.

The IFBTA’s Board of Directors serve as the backbone of the association, providing key insights and feedback on the state of the industry and a direction for the association to amplify its mission to the global food and beverage community. Consisting of top-tier executives from leading food and beverage companies around the world, the IFBTA board actively supports the industry, its workforce and leadership, and the innovations needed to sustain food and beverage technology.

IFBTA new board members include:

Vikram Badhwar,
 Global Head of Operations Technology, Nando’s Group Limited

Karen Bird, CIO, Hooter’s of America

Sarah Naqvi, EVP and CIO, HMS Host

Zerrick Pearson, VP of IT, Five Guys Enterprises

Don Zimmerman, SVP and CIO, Landry’s

“The IFBTA board and I look forward to the addition of our new board members to bolster technology thought leadership in the food and beverage industry throughout the year,” said Lou Grande, SVP of IT of Red Lobster and IFBTA Chairman. “Each board member offers substantial and unique experiences, resources, and support to those who serve and are served by the global food and beverage community.”

Rob Grimes, IFBTA CEO added; “The IFBTA has been fortunate since our inception to have some of the best minds in the industry steering the direction of the association.  Our board  ensures that we continue to meet the needs of our members by providing guidance to the IFBTA to fuel innovation and growth within the industry.  Our new board members will have a big impact on the initiatives and services we provide in support technology for the industry”.

The new board members have been elected to a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021 and will continue the tradition of IFBTA’s global industry leadership by representing technology within all segments of the industry.

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The International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA), a nonprofit trade association, promotes the use of technology within the global food and beverage industries with a specific focus on education, certification, standards, research and networking, while aligning with other industry associations and groups in support of their technology related initiatives.

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