The Food Processing Suppliers Association announced that David Seckman will join the association this August as president and CEO. He will succeed Dr. George Melnykovich who is retiring this year after 23 years as president of FPSA.

In making the announcement, Barry Shoulders, president of Packaging Technologies and chairman of the board of FPSA, stated: “We are pleased to have an individual with David’s vast experience and a superb record of accomplishments take the helm at a most significant time in our association’s history.”
Additionally, FPSA recently announced a new partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists. FPSA will co-locate its tradeshow, Process Expo, with the IFT Annual Conference and Food Expo beginning in July of 2010.

“David Seckman,” Shoulders said, “is keenly aware of the challenges facing the global food and beverage industry and he is uniquely qualified to lead FPSA to meet those challenges successfully.”

Seckman comes to FPSA from the Natural Products Association where he was the chief executive officer for the past nine years. Prior to NPA, he was with the American Health Care Association in Washington.
Seckman has vast experience in tradeshow development and management as well as international outreach, two program areas of great importance to FPSA. He has a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois.