American Frozen Food Institute Announces 2022 Board of Directors Leadership and Membership

(Arlington, VA – February 8, 2022) Alison Bodor, president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), today announced the organization’s new 2022 board of directors leadership.  The officers and board members are selected by the nominating committee of the AFFI board and were unanimously elected by AFFI’s processor members.

“The pandemic’s impact on the frozen sector has been significant, highlighting the important role AFFI plays in bringing the frozen food chain together to develop innovative and responsible solutions that keep safe, nutritious, delicious and affordable frozen foods available to consumers,” said Bodor.  “Especially during this challenging time, I would like thank and applaud these talented leaders who dedicate their time, energy and talent for the greater good, and look forward to working with them to help feed millions of families in the U.S. and around the world in 2022 and beyond.”

The following individuals were nominated and elected as AFFI board officers for a one-year term for 2022:

  • Chair:  Julia Sabin, Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Sustainability, J.M. Smucker Company
  • Vice Chair:  John Tentomas, president and CEO, Nature’s Touch
  • Immediate Past Chair:  Jeff Varcoe, Vice President Manufacturing and Technical Services, Schwan’s Company

The following individuals were elected to a one-year term as Executive Committee members of the board of directors:

  • Paul DiGenova, General Manager, Commodities, Bonduelle North America
  • Rick Drummond, Vice President R&D, B&G
  • Suvan Sharma, CEO, Jain Farm Fresh Foods
  • Tony Shurman, President & CEO, Jasper Wyman & Son

The following individuals were elected to the AFFI Board of Directors:

  • Tracey Beck, Vice President Chief Counsel Marketing & Government Affairs, Conagra Brands (3-year term)
  • Kurt Deibel, Vice President Food Safety & Quality, Kraft Heinz (3-year term)
  • Rick Drummond, Vice President R&D, B&G Foods (3-year term)
  • Julia Sabin, Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Sustainability, J.M. Smucker Company (3-year term)
  • Tony Shurman, President & CEO Jasper Wyman & Son (3-year term)
  • Meghan Swan, Vice President McDonald’s Global Business, J.R. Simplot Foods (3-year term)
  • Joe Yanda, President & CEO, Lakeside Foods (3-year term)
  • Debbie Radie, Vice President Operations, Boardman Foods (3-year term)
  • Tina Almond, Vice President Food Safety & Quality, McCain Foods USA (2-year term)
  • Adnan Durrani, Founder & CEO, Saffron Road (1-year term)
  • Eric Schwartz, CEO, Eckert Cold Storage (1-year term)

A full list of AFFI’s Board of Directors is available here.


About AFFI

The American Frozen Food Institute is the member-driven national trade association representing all segments of the frozen food supply chain from manufacturers to suppliers and distributors. AFFI advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf, serves as the voice for the industry and convenes industry leadership to create an environment where frozen foods are essential in a dynamic marketplace.


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