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International Dairy Federation Announces Appointment of New Director General

The Board of Directors of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced the appointment of Ms Laurence Rycken as new Director General as of 1 April, 2024.

Ms Laurence Rycken has been serving IDF for the last 12 years as Science and Standards Programme Manager championing for the role of milk and dairy in nutrition security. Ms Rycken is thrilled to extend her contribution to the organisation as Director General. Already bringing with her an in-depth knowledge of the organization, fostering connections with the IDF community and proficiency in dairy, she aims to leverage the current position of the federation as the leading source of expertise and scientific knowledge of the global dairy sector.

Her appointment follows the upcoming departure of the current Director General, Ms Caroline Emond, who is stepping down from the position after a successful 6-year tenure.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank Ms Caroline Emond for her outstanding performance in leading the International Dairy Federation from 2018 to 2024, and the General Assembly appointed her Honorary Member of IDF at its 2023 IDF World Dairy Summit.

Ms Emond’s achievements include positioning IDF as a leading and influential international organization, an active engagement with members and stakeholders, launching the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards and the Women in Dairy initiatives, as well as guiding and leading a dynamic and professional Head Office team. Ms Emond will remain in office until 31 March.

The Board of Directors wished Ms Laurence Rycken every success in her new position and all the best to Ms Caroline Emond in her future endeavors.

Piercristiano Brazzale
IDF President

About IDF (International Dairy Federation)

The IDF is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. Since 1903, IDF has provided a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach a global consensus on how to help feed the world with safe and sustainable dairy products. A recognized international authority in the development of science-based standards for the dairy sector, IDF has an important role to play in ensuring the right policies, standards, practices, and regulations are in place to ensure the world’s dairy products are safe and sustainable.

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