Food Industry Asia Appoints New Executive Director

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has named Matt Kovac as its new Executive Director. Mr Kovac, who has served as interim Executive Director for the organisation since November 2015, assumes the role effective 1 April 2016.

Mr Kovac initially joined FIA as Policy Director in 2014 to oversee all policy and advocacy activities. In this role, he has ensured strategic focus on policy and regulatory developments around health and nutrition, food safety and harmonisation of standards to promote trade.

Mr Kovac has successfully developed and implemented FIA’s long term advocacy strategy within the context of cultural, political and economic diversity in Asia, by establishing a proactive, strategic approach to stakeholder management and engagement within FIA member companies, national industry associations, regional trade bodies and other important groups that influence and impact the food industry across the region.

Prior to joining FIA, Mr Kovac was the Advocacy Director at CropLife Asia, where he managed government relations and stakeholder engagement programmes, representing 8 association member companies across 15 countries in Asia Pacific.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr Kovac was a journalist covering business, financial and consumer affairs topics. He holds an MBA at the Lancaster University Management School.

Mr Kovac says of his new position: “I am very excited and honoured to take on the role of Executive Director at FIA. We have a fantastic team at the FIA secretariat who are passionate about representing the food industry in areas that range from health & nutrition, food safety and trade.”

“This will be an exciting year ahead and FIA looks forward to building stronger partnerships across Asia to tackle many challenging societal issues,” he concluded.

Amit Banati, FIA President adds: “The FIA Council is excited to have Matt lead FIA and the secretariat. His leadership and experience are vital to the organisation as we work with our members and partners to continue to be a respected, transparent and influential voice for the food industry in the Asia Pacific region.”

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