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Secretary Perdue Announces FSIS Key Leadership

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed Carmen Rottenberg administrator of the Food Safety and Inspections Service (FSIS) and Paul Kiecker FSIS deputy administrator. Rottenberg most recently served as deputy administrator for FSIS, and since August 2017, as acting deputy under secretary for USDA's Office of Food Safety. She held several leadership roles in FSIS's Office of the Administrator, including the positions of chief operating officer and chief of staff. Kiecker, meanwhile, served as FSIS Acting Administrator since August 2017. Kiecker also held numerous leadership positions within FSIS, including the roles of district manager, executive associate for regulatory operations and deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations.

Additional appointments include Hany Sidrak to be deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations (OFO), Michael Watts to be an executive associate for regulatory operations in OFO and Soumaya Tohamy to serve as assistant administrator for the Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training. Denise Eblen will serve as assistant administrator for the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS), while Karen Becker was appointed director of the FSIS China Office in Beijing. Todd Furey was selected to serve as district manager for the Raleigh District Office in OFO.

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