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Organic Trade Association's Executive Director to Leave Leadership Role in 2006


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For more information contact: Holly Givens (413-774-7511, Ext. 18)

Organic Trade Association's Executive Director to Leave Leadership Role in 2006

GREENFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 12, 2005) - After nearly 16 years at the helm of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Katherine DiMatteo announced today her plans to leave her role as executive director. There is no immediate date set for DiMatteo's departure, and she intends to remain in her position through the transition process, which is slated for spring 2006. There will be adequate time built in for a smooth succession.


"I'm looking forward to moving on to new life opportunities, utilizing the expertise and experience I have gained over the years," said DiMatteo. "I am proud of what OTA has accomplished since 1990 when I came on board as executive director. I am confident that both OTA and I have an abundant and successful future ahead."


"Katherine has been a passionate, outspoken advocate for the organic business community," said Phil Margolis, president of OTA's Board of Directors. "She is respected around the world for her consensus-building leadership, her unflagging commitment, and her outstanding ability to manage a diverse, growing association."


Under DiMatteo's leadership, the association supported the passage of the U.S. Organic Foods Production Act and the establishment of the National Organic Standards Board in 1990. OTA was a major advocate for the U.S. National Organic Program, which was fully implemented in 2002. Over the years DiMatteo has helped millions of people understand the importance of organic agriculture and products. OTA, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2005, continues to take the lead in promoting and protecting organic agriculture and production so that consumers can have confidence in certified organic products.


 "OTA has 20 years of solid experience in promoting and protecting the growth of organic trade, and will continue to fulfill its mission as it embraces change," said Margolis. "Thanks to the long-term planning of the board and executive director, OTA has an exceptional professional staff and infrastructure in place, and will continue to offer excellent value for its members."


OTA's Board of Directors has engaged a recruiting firm to manage the broad-based search for the organization's next executive director. Kittleman & Associates is the oldest firm of its kind in the country, providing executive search services exclusively for nonprofit organizations nationwide. Potential applicants can send inquiries t Rhyan Mary Zweifler, Principal, Kittleman & Associates, 300 S. Wacker, Suite 1710, Chicago, IL  60606. E-mail:; phone: 312-986-1166.  (E-mail is the preferred method of contact). Link for photo.


The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. As a membership-based business association, the Organic Trade Association focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's more than 1,600 members include farmers, processors, importers, exporters, distributors, retails, certifiers, and more. For further information, visit OTA's web site at  Read more about Katherine DiMatteo.

September 12, 2005

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