IFPTI Announces New Appointment of Gerald Wojtala as Executive Director and CEO
IFPTI’s Board of Directors has announced the elevation of Gerald Wojtata to CEO of the organization. “The Board expresses gratitude to Jerry and his dedication and contribution to the company’s establishment as a leader in food protection.”
Wojtala has served as Executive Director of IFPTI since the organization’s founding in 2009. Prior to IFPTI, he was Deputy Director of the Food & Dairy Division with the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he managed the food protection program for the State (oversight state inspection and investigation programs and accreditation of 45 local public health programs). He was also responsible for legislative interaction and led efforts for the major amending and reenactment of the Michigan Food Law. Wojtala is the Past-President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and serves as Advisor to the AFDO Board. He also serves as a member of the Michigan State University Food Science Advisory Board. Prior to government service, he worked as a microbiologist at Difco Laboratories in Detroit. Wojtala received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his role in investigating the 1997 outbreak of Hepatitis A among school children nationwide from the consumption of strawberries, and for managing the response to the Power Blackout of 2003 that occurred in the N.E. United States. Mr. Wojtala holds a degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University with graduate work in Food Science at Wayne State University.
“There are many public and private stakeholders responsible for assuring the safety of our vast food supply chain,” said Wojtala. “IFPTI will continue to expand its global reach in helping these organizations build capacity to protect the health of consumers through the implementation of competency-based training systems.”