The Global Food Protection Institute Appoints Julia Bradsher As CEO

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The Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI), a community of action advancing food protection, today announced the appointment of Julia Bradsher, Ph.D. as President and CEO.

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“I’m thrilled to have been selected to lead this groundbreaking organization dedicated to improving public health,” said Bradsher.

The Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI), a community of action advancing food protection, today announced the appointment of Julia Bradsher, Ph.D. as President and CEO. Prior to joining GFPI, Dr. Bradsher served as CEO of the FAAN™ (the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) where she was responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the world’s largest nonprofit organization providing information about food allergies to the media, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials, as well as all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. Bradsher succeeds Stephen Benoit, the founding President, who will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. Like Benoit, Bradsher will also serve as President and CEO of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI).

“Julia’s success as a non-profit executive in the public health policy, regulation, and advocacy sectors, as well as her biopharmaceutical industry experience will be invaluable as she leads GFPI through the next phase of its growth and development,” said Benoit. “I am extremely pleased we were able to attract an executive of her stature to continue the work of the Institute and its family of global initiatives.”

Previously, Bradsher was head of Marketing and Market Research for Dey, L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc, a leader in developing treatment for respiratory diseases, severe allergic reactions and psychiatric disorders; and as Director with Decision Resources, a premier provider of analysis and data for the biopharmaceutical industry. Bradsher holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Miami, and an M.B.A. from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected to lead this groundbreaking organization dedicated to improving public health,” said Bradsher. “GFPI has led the way in building the training infrastructure for the national integrated food safety system through its IFPTI initiative, and I am looking forward to building on this success through the additional growth of its ETA and IFF initiatives."

About GFPI and IFPTI
The Global Food Protection Institute is a community of action advancing food protection. Founded in 2009, the Institute is positioned at the nexus of the social, political, economic, and environmental driving forces influencing the adoption of food protection policies and practices that lead to improved public health. GFPI’s family of global initiatives includes the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) which is building the training infrastructure for the national integrated food safety system, the Emerging Technology Accelerator (ETA) which is advancing the development of novel food protection technologies, and Imagined Food Futures (IFF) which is facilitating the adoption of policies and practices that will lead to improved public health. Start-up funding for GFPI has been generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.gfpi.org and http://www.ifpti.org.

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