The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), a leadership development organization, announced its 2016 board chair, treasurer and incoming executive committee and board members who all represent global brands committed to supporting the advancement of women and providing a platform that paves the way for the next generation.
Wendy Davidson, president of U.S. Specialty Channels at the Kellogg Company, has been elected WFF Board Chair to lead the organization’s board of directors and help the organization achieve its 2016 strategic goals. Davidson has been an active supporter of WFF and passionate advocate for professional development throughout her career. Since joining WFF in 1995, she has served on a variety of program and planning committees and in 2011 joined the WFF board of directors and became a member of the executive committee. At McCormick, Davidson was a founding executive sponsor of the Women’s International Network (WIN) and was a part of the company’s global diversity and inclusion steering team. During her tenure at Tyson, she was a founding sponsor for the company’s business resource groups and served on the executive diversity council. Now at the Kellogg Company, Davidson is a member of the Women of Kellogg (WOK) network and is an executive sponsor for the Global Talent Management Advisory Team.
“I am honored to be a part of the leadership working to elevate women leaders and create a pipeline of ready talent for our industry,” Davidson says. “WFF is the premier resource for developing the next generation of leaders that will fuel growth for both companies and the industry as a whole. I feel fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented and influential men and women in the industry and look forward to continuing to drive the mission and vision of the organization during my term as chair.”
A board member since 2011, Susan Adzick will serve as the 2016 treasurer, putting her in succession to serve as chair in 2018. She is the vice president of sales and marketing for the $7 billion Foodservice division of McLane Company, Inc., a $46 billion wholly owned business unit of Berkshire Hathaway.
Adzick started her career in foodservice at PepsiCo, but before that, she worked at Occidental Chemical Company, Rhone-Poulenc, and DuPont de Nemours, Inc. In addition to WFF, she serves on the boards of the National Restaurant Association, the Arby’s Foundation and the Restaurant Leadership Conference Advisory.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an incredibly talented and passionate group of leaders who work tirelessly to advance women,” Adzick says. “The possibilities are endless when I think of what we can all do collectively.”