Tim York named new CEO of California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA)
Tim York has been named the new chief executive officer of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA).
According to an LGMA news release: “York has been an influencial presence when it comes to advancing continuos improvement in food safety in the produce industry. He is a staunch advocate for protecting consumers and public health and we are fortunate to have Tim guide the LGMA into this new era.”
York was formerly the president of Markon Cooperative, a produce procurement operation with members throughout North America and Canada. Throughout his tenure as a produce industry leader, he has held several prominent positions including serving as chair of the Center for Produce Safety (twice), the Produce Marketing Association and the Alliance for Food and Farming. He continues to serve on the board of the Center for Produce Safety as well co-chair of the Produce Traceability Initiative.
York also represented the buyer community on the Romaine Task Force in 2019 serving on the Steering Committee as well as Chair of the Traceability Sub-Committee.
York has been honored with numerous awards, including The Packer’s Foodservice Achievement Award and Produce Marketer of the Year, the Perishable Pundit’s Single Step Award and the Produce Marketing Association’s Bryan Silbermann Collaboration Award. He was also the recipient of the LGMA’s Golden Checkmark award in 2009.
“Food safety is both a priority and a passion for me. I look forward to focusing on food safety on a full-time basis, to serving the industry and consumers as well as working collaboratively with our industry partners to advance goals and objectives that protect public health,” York said.
“The California LGMA Board of Directors would also like to recognize Scott Horsfall, who has been CEO of the LGMA since it was established in 2007. The board thanks Scott for his foundational leadership and excellent work over the past 13 years.”
“This job has been both rewarding and heartbreaking. While we have accomplished a great deal, food safety and protecting public health must be a continuing process with a continuing commitment to do better every day. I respect this industry immensely and under the leadership of Tim, the farmers that make up the LGMA and our dedicated staff, I’m confident this industry will work diligently to advance continuous improvement,” Horsfall said.
Horsfall will continue his work with the LGMA through early 2021. York will begin his work with the LGMA on Dec. 1.