DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's
Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced today that following an extensive
search, Therese Gearhart has been
selected to serve as the organization's new President and CEO.
Gearhart will take over the role from Denny
Marie Post who assumed the role while a formal search was
conducted following Hattie Hill's
retirement in June.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Therese's caliber join us to
lead WFF. Her long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion,
and her success in building diverse teams will be a great benefit
to our organization," said Salli
Setta, President and Chief Concept Officer, Red Lobster and
current WFF Board Chairperson. "We are confident she is the right
person to bring our strategy to life and lead WFF into the
Gearhart is an international operations leader with more than 30
years of experience across several industries. She has global
consumer marketing expertise and a record of growth and reinvention
in complex global markets. Throughout her career Gearhart has
developed a reputation for unlocking business performance by being
an inclusive and authentic leader. A 20-year veteran of The
Coca-Cola Company, Gearhart led Business Units in Latin Center and
Southern Africa and spent six
years working within the North America Foodservice business. She
was also co-chair and a member of the company's Global Women's
Leadership Council responsible for advising the CEO and executive
leadership on strategies to accelerate the development and
advancement of female talent.
"I am truly honored to lead WFF as we carry forward the
organization's tremendous momentum and embrace fast-paced growth of
our programs," said Gearhart. "I am grateful to our partners, who
continue to entrust our organization to provide guidance and be at
the forefront of advancing gender diversity and equality across the
food service industry. My husband and three children are excited to
be part of the WFF family and are equally inspired by our
Gearhart will assume her new role effective immediately.
Denny Marie Post will continue to
serve on the Board as immediate past Chair.
ABOUT WOMEN'S FOODSERVICE FORUM
Forum (WFF) is the Food Industry's thought leader on gender equity.
WFF provides the research, insights and best practice solutions
that enable food companies to address the pressing need for talent,
drive better consumer insights and increase business performance by
realizing the full potential of women leaders. Working since 1989
to provide the tools and resources to help women build leadership
competencies that enhance career advancement, WFF also partners
with the Food Industry to create work environments where women
thrive and organizations reap the rewards of a gender-diverse
workforce. For more information, visit wff.org.
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