After nearly 15 years on the Cargill team, Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Mike Robach announced he will be retiring on August 1st. But, while he will be stepping back from his current title, he will continue to be involved with GFSI as Chairman of the Board through 2020.
While Robach will continue to speak to food safety, quality, and regulatory issues across the industry, Sean Leighton will assume the role of Global Vice President of FSQR upon Robach’s retirement.
He joined Cargill in 2004 to lead the company’s corporate food safety and regulatory affairs programs. Since that time, the company said that Robach has increased the department’s scope to include animal health and quality assurance. He is involved in more than a dozen industry organizations, including serving as the current chairman of the board of directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and a founding member of SSAFE, according to a press release.
He has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding food safety policy, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP), and regulatory reform based on science.
Leighton has served as a food safety and quality leader at Cargill since 2017, and will begin transitioning to his new role immediately. He began his career with The Pillsbury Company, followed by quality assurance and microbiology leadership roles with Land O’Lakes Dairy.
Having then joined The Coca-Cola Company, where he held several leadership roles in food safety, including a multi-year assignment in Vienna, Austria, Leighton represented The Coca-Cola Company on boards including the UGA Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists.
Before joining Cargill, he served as Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Quality Assurance, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability.
Congratulations to both Mike Robach and Sean Leighton on these next steps!