Oberkfell plans return to industry
Larry Oberkfell will step down as CEO of the $6M-revenue International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and as leader of the IFMA Education Foundation when his contract ends at the end of 2021. Oberkfell said in a statement that he had decided to "return to the industry that I love and to begin my path on a new journey."
"The IFMA team has successfully grown member value and overall membership even during 2020, when the pandemic was especially brutal to our industry,” Oberkfell said. “Rest assured, I will not leave until the transition occurs smoothly with the board-selected new CEO. I am confident that we will identify a new leader who will take IFMA to a new tomorrow."
Oberkfell joined IFMA in 2008 as COO as part of a succession plan, and then became CEO when Michael Licata retired in 2009. Previously, Oberkfell was operating partner at a private equity firm, and had held top roles at several food industry companies.