Washington, DC – The Sugar Association Board of Directors announces that Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, has been named interim president and CEO for the organization. Dr. Gaine brings more than a decade of experience in nutritional sciences and important leadership qualities to the position.

“The guiding principle at The Sugar Association has always been centered on making informed decisions based on sound scientific research and Courtney Gaine, with her strong credentials in food nutrition, reinforces this continued commitment,” said Brian O’Malley, the chairman of the Association.

Dr. Gaine previously served as vice president of scientific affairs at The Sugar Association. Prior to that, Dr. Gaine held the position of senior science program manager at The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America), a public, non-profit scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply.

Having obtained her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and biochemistry and bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Gaine was a co-captain of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team (1998-1999).

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead The Sugar Association and our members at such a critical period for the industry,” said Dr. Gaine. “During a time when misunderstandings about sugar are commonplace, there is both a great need and an excellent opportunity to educate consumers on the decades of scientific research regarding sugar. Sugar plays a critical role in our food supply and has for thousands of years. This is a fact in need of reinforcing.”

Dr. Gaine succeeds former president and CEO Andy Briscoe, who recently resigned after 13 years of service.

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