Chief Science Officer of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
Bob Whitaker, Ph.D., was from 2008 to 2020, the Chief Science Officer of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), a global trade association representing the fruit, vegetable and floral industries. HIs responsibilities included oversight of PMA's produce safety, technology, supply chain logistics and sustainability efforts. Prior to his time with PMA he was VP of Newstar Fresh Foods LLC for 10 years.
Since January 2020, he founded Whitaker Consulting LLC to permit him to share a lifetime of experience gathered as a scientist, as an executive managing large biotechnology research operations, as a produce industry executive in charge of produce safety, product development and fresh-cut processing operations and as a trade association officer serving the broader produce industry from the Board level to production laborers.