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NSF International has added two members to its global food safety leadership team.

David Richardson has been promoted to Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Serban Teodoresco, pictured, has been appointed as Global Managing Director of NSF International’s Consulting and Technical Group. Both will play key roles in expanding NSF International’s food safety and quality services including global food safety certification, food fraud prevention and integrated risk management.

Based in Oxford, David Richardson oversees NSF International’s food safety business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His appointment underscores the strategic importance of NSF operations in the region and the continued focus on the development of technical and commercial solutions to anticipate and meet the sector’s changing needs.

With more than 25 years of strategic, commercial and technical experience in the food safety industry, David has established and developed an international network of offices offering broad-based services for the agri-supply chain. The services include inspection and certification, training, consulting, risk management, standards development, environmental and other farm services worldwide. Most recently, he served as Global Managing Director of NSF International Agriculture where he expanded NSF’s global agriculture business through organic growth and acquisition.

As Vice President for EMEA, David’s global experience will help support companies’ increasing needs for food safety and quality in the region with NSF’s fully integrated technical and certification services. These services include global agriculture, retail services, a comprehensive range of innovative certification services and non-GMO food verification.

Based in Montreal, Serban Teodoresco is NSF International’s newly appointed Global Managing Director of NSF International’s Consulting and Technical Group within the Food Division. With more than thirty years of food safety, risk management and corporate entrepreneurship experience, Serban has spent his career providing food safety and risk management solutions to industry-leading companies around the globe. This expertise allows NSF International to expand its crisis prevention and risk management services, helping to protect brand reputation and the safety of global food supply chains.

Most recently, he served as President of Preventa, a risk management consulting firm. He also was Vice President Operations at DiverseyLever where he led the development of the new risk management group SafeKey, a branded suite of high-level food safety solutions. Serban has earned a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from École Polytechnique, Montréal and an MBA from the University of Chicago and attended INSEAD business school in France. He also co-authored the book “Integrated Risk Management for Mega Events” and a study on how to evaluate, manage and protect the corporate reputation.

Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, Global Food Division, says, “As the food supply chain becomes increasingly more complex, David and Serban will each play essential roles in assisting companies worldwide by providing innovative risk solutions to protect public health and the food supply chain. Both are strategically focused and results oriented with the competency to lead and execute effective global initiatives."

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