The Organic Trade Association Tuesday announced the selection of its next CEO and Executive Director, Tom Chapman. The announcement was made during OTA’s 2022 Organic Week, which Chapman attended. Chapman’s hiring concludes a year-long planned succession process that began in 2021. Chapman will formally assume the position at the association on April 18. Outgoing OTA Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha says, “I couldn’t imagine a better, more experienced person for this role than Tom.” Chapman is a proactive leader with a deep background in organic that spans the value chain. Over his many years in the industry, Chapman has helped to advance certification and compliance, successfully managed global supply chains and managed multi-million-dollar contracts, and worked closely with diverse brands, growers, and other organic stakeholders. Most recently, Chapman served as Senior Director, Supply Chain at Kinder’s Sauce and Seasoning. Before that, he worked with OTA members Clif Bar and Quality Assurance International.
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