Arlington, VA — Former World Cocoa Foundation president Bill Guyton will take over the position of executive director of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) effective July 1, according to Clark Guittard, FCIA board president and Guittard Chocolate Co. director and international sales.
Guyton’s duties will include managing strategic direction and daily operations, the association reports. He will also work closely with the board to strengthen and expand membership services, communications, cocoa sourcing, standards efforts and strategic partnerships. The association currently has more than 350 members.
Guyton has been working as a senior advisor to FCIA and replaces Karen Bryan who was with the group for more than four years.
“We are pleased to welcome Bill to the leadership role at FCIA,” Guittard says. “Bill brings an extensive background in association strengthening, working with companies of all sizes and interests. Through his previous work at the World Cocoa Foundation, he successfully developed and oversaw public-private partnerships that benefited thousands of cocoa farmers.”
Since leaving the World Cocoa Foundation at the end of 2015, Guyton has been consulting in commodity sectors including cashews, cotton, rice and feed grains, providing strategic guidance to public and private sector investors, according to FCIA. He also has assisted on strategic planning for international health and nutrition programs.
“Bill will be joining FCIA with a strong foundation, and I want to personally extend my gratitude to Karen Bryant for her leadership of the association,” Guittard notes. “Karen has helped to develop a positive reputation for FCIA and provided professional oversight of our conferences and programs. She will continue to work with FCIA through the remainder of the year on important consumer research and member benefits including regional meet-ups and webinar series.”