The board of directors of the International Fresh-cut Produce Association has announced that President Edith Garrett will leave the organization at the end of the year to pursue new professional and personal opportunities.

Garrett, who has held IFPA's top position since 1994, notified the board of her decision prior to contract negotiations. Garrett said she made the decision to leave IFPA after nearly 10 years to “start a fresh chapter in my life and explore new challenges, including the possibility of launching my own consulting business.”

IFPA Board Chairman Craig Delaney, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ready Pac Produce, said the board will immediately establish a committee to search for Garrett's replacement. Garrett will complete her current contract and continue serving as president until Dec. 31.