The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association expects to have a new president/CEO in place no later than August 1, 2014, according to Bill Klump, Chairman of the Board and Chief Marketing Officer for Butterball LLC.  Mr. Klump stated that the search, which started several months ago with the passing of longtime CEO and president Carol Christison, has been narrowed to a small group of very qualified candidates and that final interviews will take place next month.

“The selection of the right person to lead the IDDBA is the most important issue we will face this year,” according to Klump. “The search has been thorough with a team comprised of current members of the Executive Committee as well as several past Chairmen of the Board. We are positive we will find the right person for the Association who will help us to fulfill the IDDBA’s mission of being a relentless advocate and resource for the dairy, deli, and bakery categories,” Klump added.

Klump also noted the retirement of long-time employee and current Sr. VP Lucie Arendt. In a letter to the Board, she announced her retirement effective July 16, 2014. Arendt said, “I leave with fond memories and many wonderful friends.  I am very proud of this organization and all that we have achieved over the years.  Thank you for the opportunity to work in a job I love and with such a strong, dedicated, and professional staff.”

“Lucie Arendt just led us through an incredibly successful Seminar & Expo, and we will always be grateful for her efforts this year and for the 28 years she gave the Association,” stated Klump. He went on to say that this is an exciting time for the Association as the transition provides another juncture to look into the mirror and prioritize new opportunities, new initiatives, and new organizational responsibilities.