Guelph, Ontario-- GFTC is proud to announce the appointment of Gary Fread as its new President and C.E.O.
“Gary brings an unusual mixture of technical, operational experience and real-world business acumen to the equation,” says Don Bartlett, President of Barwell Foods and Chair of GFTC’s Board of Directors. “It was a difficult job finding just the right person to fill Terry Maurice’s shoes, combining broad experience with depth of knowledge and the right fit with the culture of this diverse, creative organization, but we are confident that Gary will be just the right person to lead GFTC into its next phases of growth.”
Terry Maurice, the outgoing President of GFTC agrees. “Gary has particularly strong perspective on GFTC since he has been closely involved with our internal review and strategic planning process for the last several months. When I officially retire in mid-March, I will be secure in the knowledge that GFTC is in good hands.”
Mr. Fread’s background is impressive, comprising more than 25 years of experience in corporate management and management consulting, integrating supply chain management, sales, marketing, operations, and technical functions culminating in General Management experience. Most recently, he has been President of Fread & Associates Ltd., a consulting company providing expertise in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and supply chain management in the agri-food sector. Before that, he held a variety of senior positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Morrison Lamothe’s Prepared Meals Division. At Campbell Soup, he was Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, after having begun his career at Procter & Gamble. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. from the University of Toronto. “This is a very energetic group of people,” says Mr. Fread, “and I’m looking forward to joining them in this exciting venture in food technology.”
About GFTC: GFTC is Canada’s only not-for-profit, non-subsidized food technology centre. GFTC provides creative, confidential technical solutions, training, consulting and auditing to the Canadian agri-food industry in the areas of R&D, product development, packaging, shelf-life, food safety, quality, and productivity improvement. Each year, GFTC assists over 500 companies and organizations, and provides training to more than 3600 people.