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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Standards and certifying organization NSF International yesterday made three senior level management promotions that the organization said will help advance its global public health mission.
Kristen Holt, formerly c.f.o. and s.v.p. NSF, has been promoted to s.v.p. of the association's Food Safety and Dietary Supplement Programs and president of NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., an NSF International company that provides management system registrations worldwide. In addition, Michael P. Walsh, CPA, has been promoted to v.p. and c.f.o. and Tom Chestnut has been appointed v.p. of NSF's Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality programs.
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In her new role, Holt will be responsible for the strategic direction and success of NSF's Food Safety and Dietary Supplement Programs as well as all management system registration programs. This includes implementing new strategies to enhance NSF's food safety and registration services. Holt will continue her role as president of Quality Assurance International (QAI), a provider of organic certification programs.
Holt has held several leadership roles since joining NSF in 1997, including, v.p. of administration, director of finance, and controller. As c.f.o., she led the successful completion of four major acquisitions, including QAI.
Walsh most recently served as director of finance overseeing all financial and accounting activities at NSF, including issuing financial statements, managing domestic and international budgets and ensuring effective internal controls. As c.f.o., Walsh will continue to oversee all fiscal matters for the company as well as head the implementation of NSF's acquisition strategy.
Before joining NSF in 2003, Walsh spent 16 years with Plante & Moran, LLC, managing audit and tax activities for clients in the manufacturing and service industries.
Chestnut is responsible for NSF's Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality Programs, including NSF Cook & Thurber and NSF Davis Fresh. He came to NSF from Darden Restaurants where he served most recently as v.p. for Total Quality. Darden is the parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Bahama Breeze.
While at Darden, Chestnut served in several senior level positions including international director of product safety and quality. He also worked as director of quality assurance for General Mills Restaurant and director of environmental health for Coles County Health Department in Charleston, Ill. He also served as vice-chair of the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and as a member of the CFP board for six consecutive years.
NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water, air, and consumer goods.