Chestnut was promoted by NSF from his previous post as vice president of supply chain food safety. He has more than 25 years of experience in food safety, according to a news release from NSF. Before he joined NSF, Chestnut worked for Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando Fla., for more than 20 years.
At Darden, Chestnut was vice president of total quality and international director of product safety and quality. He led the company’s implementation of food safety protocols with suppliers throughout Asia, Mexico and Latin America.
He helped found the Food Safety Leadership Council and has been awarded Industry Sanitarian of the Year by the National Environmental Health Association. He served on the board of directors and as vice chairman for the Conference for Food Protection.