Johnna Hepner joins Produce Marketing Association
January 13, 2010
NEWARK, DEL. — Johnna Hepner will join the Produce Marketing Association (P.M.A.) as director of food safety and technology on Feb. 15. Ms. Hepner comes to the P.M.A. from Markon Cooperative, Inc., Salinas, Calif., where she was most recently food safety director.
She will work with Bob Whitaker, the association’s chief science and technology officer. In her new position, Ms. Hepner will work with P.M.A. members to implement programs, events, products and services in the areas of food safety and science, the latter including production technology, environmental sustainability and biotechnology.
Her responsibilities will include monitoring, evaluating and collaborating on produce-specific food safety guidance and standards, as well as legislation and regulation. She will represent the association to members, commodity groups and allied industry organizations, as well as with external groups, including federal regulators and legislators.
“Johnna’s hiring significantly enhances the value we can offer to our members in our industry’s most critical area of food safety and related technology,” said Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer of the P.M.A. “Her experience will provide P.M.A. with a unique perspective on the real-world management of produce safety she gained in the food service industry, and will complement Bob’s capabilities.” FSM