CHICAGO- Daniel E. Weber, 62, executive vice president of the international not-for-profit scientific society Institute of Food Technologists, has announced his retirement from the organization effective September 1. A comprehensive, international search for his successor will commence immediately.
Weber joined IFT staff at its Chicago World Headquarters in 1967 as administrative manager, and was named director of convention services in 1969. In 1979, he accepted the position of director of meetings and marketing, a position he held until 1991 when he ascended to executive director. In 1999 he was named executive vice president and chief executive officer.
During his tenure spanning five decades, Weber has experienced firsthand the tremendous growth of IFT. Membership has swelled from approximately 6,000 members to 28,000 members. Registrants to its annual meeting and accompanying exhibition have soared from 2,700 to over 20,000, and the number of exhibitors displaying there has surged from 155 in 1967 to more than 900 expected at the 2003 IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo®, making it the world's largest annual food exhibition of its category, and among the nation's largest conventions.
The 62nd IFT Annual Meeting + Food Expo® is July 12-16 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center. Weber will remain actively involved in IFT operations through the execution of this headline event.
Weber is an active member of the International Association of Exposition Managers, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, the Council of Engineering & Scientific Society Executives, and the American Society of Association Executives. He is also past president of the Professional Conven-tion Management Association, and was inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders in December, 2002.
The executive search firm JDG Associates, Ltd., of Rockville, Md., is conducting the preliminary candidate search. A transition team including past and current IFT presidents will be responsible for the final selection.
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit scientific society with 28,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues. For more on IFT, see www.ift.org.