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New CEO Haller earned trust of IFA board leaders while on the job

Board said it would run group indefinitely after former CEO Robert Cresanti’s March departure, but Haller and team impressed


June 25, 2021
By William Ehart

Matt Haller literally worked his way into the top spot at the International Franchise Association, which announced his promotion June 17 following 10 years in a variety of roles with the group under two different CEOs. But the decision to elevate him to CEO actually happened quickly.

Former CEO Robert Cresanti stepped down March 31 after more than five years in the top role. When Cresanti’s pending departure was announced in November, the IFA board said it would go without a CEO  for the foreseeable future. Instead, certain executive board members would oversee management of the association.