USA- The American Bakers Association (ABA) has announced that Robb Mackie will step down as president and CEO at the end of 2022.

For 17 years Mackie has overseen all aspects of the company’s administration and operations, representing the interests of almost 800,000 skilled employees of the US $154 billion commercial baking industry.

“For 27 years – 17 as president and CEO – it has been my deepest privilege and honour to serve the baking industry,” said MacKie.

“I have devoted my full passion and energy to protecting and growing this noble industry that feeds our country and communities.

“Meanwhile, the devotion to my family greatly overshadows my deep commitment to ABA and our members. Now it is time for me to practice what I preach by putting family first and focus my full attention and passion on helping my family through our challenges.”

ABA chair and founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries Cordia Harrington praised the work Mackie has done.

“The baking industry has had the privilege of Robb’s passion and expertise for 27 years. He had made a huge, positive difference in our business lives and personal lives.

“I respect his decision to place his family first and am very grateful for Robb’s dedication and service.”

Added Brad Alexander, immediate past-chair and COO of Flowers Foods, “Robb has been a friend, trusted advisor, and tireless advocate for our industry and the many members affiliated with the American Bakers Association. We will miss his strategic leadership and wish him all the best.”

ABA has been serving members from the various sectors of the bakery industry since 1897, addressing priorities affecting the companies that feed the world.

 Its membership today has grown to 300+ companies, with a combined pool of over 80,000 employees and 1,600 facilities.

Mackie will serve through the end of 2022, to oversee the organization of International Baking Industry Exposition in September, which ABA co-owns. In the meantime, the ABA Board will seek a new leader for the Association.

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