The European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF) has appointed Annet Palamba, general manager of Hill’s Benelux, as its new president.
Last week, FEDIAF held its first virtual AGM with 135 attendees from industry, authorities, academia and partners from the Global Alliance of Pet Food Associations.
With its theme: ‘Supporting Pets in Society, Today and Tomorrow’, the event included presentations by regulatory, packaging and behaviour experts.
Thomas Meyer, FEDIAF’s General Secretary, commented: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many industry representatives and guests to our unusual online conference.
“As always, we are proud of the way our community comes together and works collaboratively. This spirit has rarely been tested more than during the recent COVID-19 months and this commitment was recognised at the AGM.”
Mr Meyer added: “We are delighted to have Annet on board. She has helped guide our communications committee for two years and her support has been invaluable. I am confident that we are in very capable and experienced hands.”
Ms Palamba succeeds Mechthild Exner-Herforth from Mars Petcare Europe, following her two years in the role.
Ms Palamba said: “I am honoured to take up my new role as president. Alongside the excellent secretariat team, I look forward to tackling the many challenges in these busy and exciting times for our industry.
“In addition to working collaboratively to ensure we continue to drive sustainability within the European Green Deal, I would like to highlight the social role of pets, promoting the many benefits of ownership. With one voice we can achieve so much.”
Nicole Paley of the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), has worked alongside Ms Palamba for a number of years as co-chairs of the FEDIAF communications committee.
Ms Paley said: “We are delighted Annet has taken on this new role – this will be fantastic for FEDIAF. There are challenges and opportunities ahead, which I know Annet will approach with her trademark energy and positivity.”