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World Potato Congress Inc. president, CEO retires

June 28, 2013  By Press release

June 28, 2013 – Allan Parker recently announced his retirement as president and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc (WPC Inc).

“After 13 years as a director, the last six as president and CEO, I feel it is a good time to step aside and have another person lead the WPC.” said Parker.

He noted he has recently reached official Canadian retirement age and, after having had the privilege of being president for the two very successful congresses in New Zealand and Scotland, he is leaving with a real sense of accomplishment.


“I feel I am leaving the World Potato Congress in good shape,” said Parker.

Under Parker’s leadership, WPC Inc. has been strengthened financially and has grown its global image. World Potato Congress is now an internationally recognized brand as well as a major forum for the promotion, growth and development of the global potato industry.

“The success of WPC owes a great deal to the ability and enthusiasm of the board of directors and the international advisory committee, to our sustaining partners and to our general manager, John Coady,” said Parker. “I wish to thank all of them and the members of the international potato family for supporting me and WPC. I will treasure the many friendships formed during my years at WPC.”

On behalf of the board of directors, WPC Inc. interim president, David Thompson, expressed appreciation to Parker for his commitment and drive.

“Allan has a unique, collegial leadership style, a personal approach that is very effective and appreciated by all of us at WPC Inc.,” said Thompson. “His contributions to WPC will be missed.”

As for his future, Parker will not be far removed from his peers. He remains a partner in several businesses and will continue to be active in the Russian potato industry.

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