Chair’s Welcome Address and Opening Keynote: Dynamic Leadership: Rising to the Challenge

Chair’s Welcome Address

Clive Newton
Former Chief Food Safety Officer
Yum! Brands Inc.

Clive Newton has a 30-year career history in the food industry that encompasses general management, supply chain, food safety and food innovation. Working predominantly in Asia Pacific and global roles, Clive’s focus has orientated towards formulation of organizational strategy and governance. As a former member of Yum!’s Compliance Oversight Committee, Clive was responsible for the definition and global deployment of Food Safety policy, standards and compliance programs across more than 130 countries with primary focus on new and developing markets.

Prior to joining Yum! Brands Inc. in 2007, he worked with H.J. Heinz Company in a variety of technical and commercial roles in the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Clive earned his bachelors degree and doctorate in the UK before completing post-doctoral research at Stanford University.

Dynamic Leadership: Rising to the Challenge

  • Leadership as a process and not a position
  • The competitive advantage of continuous learning
  • Identifying mutual benefits of leading by example
  • How will this journey continue into the future of Food Safety culture?

Jorge Hernandez
VP of Quality Assurance
Wendy’s Company

A company leader and brand ambassador responsible for the overall food safety and quality of the Wendy’s brand in all Wendy’s restaurants in 30 countries and with all Suppliers. Jorge provides leadership and oversight to all Quality Assurance programs, company and franchise operations. His responsibilities also include ensuring brand compliance with nutritional information, allergen information, menu labeling and any other local, state or federal regulatory requirements.

Previously, Jorge was the Chief Food Safety Officer at Wholesome International, a restaurant company with concepts and brands in the quick and fast casual foodservice markets in the US; the Senior Vice President for Food Safety and Quality Assurance at US FOODS, the second largest Distributor in the US; the Vice President of Food Safety and Risk Management at the National Restaurant Association; the Food Program Manager at the Illinois Department of Public Health and a Senior Sanitarian at the Winnebago County Health Department in Illinois.

Jorge has Degrees in Biology from Rockford University, Microbiology from the Centro de Estudios Medico-Biologicos in Mexico City Mexico and Languages and Literature from la Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.

He has published a large number of articles including “The Myth of the Magic Bullet” for Food Management (1988); “Sanitation Standards and how to apply them” for National Frozen Dessert Retailer (2003); “Food Distribution: Maintaining the Cold Chain” for Food Safety Magazine (2005); “Caught in the Middle” for Meatinplace (2010); “Driving the Chain of Custody” for QA Magazine (2010); and many more.

Jorge belongs to several national and international organizations and boards such as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global industry network of QA professionals, based in Paris, France with a vision of “Safe food for consumers, everywhere”; STOP Foodborne Illness, an organization of people who have been seriously impacted by foodborne illnesses; The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI), STOP the United States ANSI Accreditation Committee, QA Magazine, the Food Safety Summit and the Food Safety Consortium.