FoodMinds has hired longtime U.S. Department of Agriculture administrator Robert Post as chief science officer.
Post will be client advisor on science issues facing the food industry for the Chicago consulting company. He will also play a key role in opening a FoodMinds office in Washington D.C. to work toward client interests in food and nutrition, according to a news release.
Post was formerly the associate executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Over his 30-year career in the industry, Post led the development of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Nutrition Evidence Library. He was also instrumental in the evolution of the food pyramid via the MyPlate campaign. Before working with the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, he established the USDA’s nutrition and food labeling program.
Post is also nutrition and health advisor for the White House’s “Let’s Move!” initiative and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.
“Rob’s experience and knowledge on public health and food and nutrition policies, coupled with his insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the food and nutrition industry today, will be a tremendous asset to our clients and our talented team members,” said FoodMinds co-founder, Bill Layden, in the news release.