Christine Cochran, president of the Commodity Markets Council (CMC), Washington, D.C., has been appointed executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF). She succeeds Judi Adams, who presided over GFF since 2004.
As president of CMC since 2010, Cochran managed public relations campaigns pertaining to commodity market issues; increased membership 35 percent and operating income 250 percent; and significantly improved communications with members and key stakeholders.
In her new role, she will help GFF increase proactivity in management, marketing and PR.
“The Grain Foods Foundation is very excited to bring on board an incredibly bright, talented and dynamic leader to aggressively promote the nutritional benefits of grain foods to key influencer communities. Ms. Cochran has the management style and skills to lead GFF in this challenging environment,” GFF co-chair Breck Barton, Cereal Food Processors, said in a press release. “From her family’s wheat farm in Kansas, to her Agriculture Economics degree from the University of Missouri, connections in the industry, and as a working mom, Ms. Cochran brings a host of excellent qualifications to this important leadership role.”