International Fresh Produce Association Spotlights Changemakers at Global Produce & Floral Show; Patrick Vizzone Discusses
NEWARK, DE & WASHINGTON, DC - Who’s ready for the Global Produce & Floral Show? Taking place October 19–20, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) event will be host to a range of educational opportunities, one of them being the global CEO Panel.
“Our commitment to helping members respond to the consumer marketplace, adopt new technology and innovation, and put people first is reflected in the global show’s CEO Panel,” said session moderator Patrick Vizzone, Managing Director and head of Agri-Food and Impact Investment, Franklin Templeton, Global Private Equity. “No longer is a great product or service enough to ensure great business outcomes. We present these notable changemakers at the global show as part of the association’s year-round commitment to offering members the latest on these trends.”
Andrea Albright, Executive Vice President of Sourcing at Walmart, will also participate in the panel, speaking on retail and consumer trends. According to a press release, she credits her success to creating strategies with a customer-first mindset while building highly competent, cognitively diverse teams that can effectively execute those strategies.
Dr. Elliott Grant, Chief Executive Officer of Mineral, an Alphabet Company, will address technological innovation in agriculture. He applies the latest breakthroughs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and perception technology to make agriculture more sustainable, bringing more than 15 years of innovation and company-building in agriculture and food supply chains.
Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, will reveal talent trends including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) insights. His national bestseller, RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval, offers a candid and forward-thinking vision for leaders to reimagine their company cultures in a time of global upheaval.
“IFPA members and global show attendees are highly tuned into the need for insights into consumer behavior, technology and innovation, and the best ways to support our most important assets, our people,” Vizzone said. “In addition to offering resources on these topics year-round—both online and at our events, I'm especially pleased the global show expo floor features the Innovation Hub, a one-stop shop for produce companies looking for solutions to their operational challenges.”
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