Western Growers Welcomes De Ann Davis as Senior Vice President, Science
IRVINE, CA - Western Growers has effectively pressed the gas on innovation with its latest executive appointment. The association recently announced the addition of De Ann Davis, PhD, as Senior Vice President of Science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global programs, including food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.
“Joining Western Growers is an exciting opportunity for me to really leverage my diverse experiences and technical background to advance food safety and scientific programs across its membership and the produce industry as a whole,” said Davis.
Following an impressive run in consumer products safety, Davis transitioned to packaged and fresh produce safety nearly a decade ago. According to a press release, she most recently served as Food Safety Director for Commercial Food Sanitation, a provider of strategic consulting services, expertise, and training that addresses food safety and sanitation challenges for food processing plants.
Previously, Davis was Vice President of Food Safety and Quality for both Church Brothers Farms and Earthbound Farm, and earlier as Chief Food Safety Officer for Kraft Foods Group, where she was engaged in the development of the regulatory framework for Food Safety Modernization Act.
“Western Growers has long led our industry’s efforts to develop and embrace food safety best practices based on science,” stated President and CEO Dave Puglia. “The retirement of Hank Giclas, a pioneering leader in food safety, created a serious challenge for us in finding the right person to continue and enhance our commitment. Fortunately, today we are welcoming De Ann Davis to our team. With her uncommon blend of technical know-how, cross-sector experience, and demonstrated management capacity, De Ann is poised to take this position and drive further value to our members and the broader fresh produce industry.”
Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and her PhD in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She is also a certified Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, where she has served since 1996.
Davis holds several committee appointments within the produce industry, including having recently served as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia. In 2018, Davis was appointed to the USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food.
Western Growers’ Science division leads the association’s engagement in several areas, including food safety, crop protection, sustainability, and industry data initiatives. As the association continues to lead the pack in industry innovation, follow along with us here at AndNowUKnow.