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Association Departures and Arrivals (October 22, 2021)


CEO departures

Batcha departs organic group

Laura Batcha plans to step down in the spring as executive director of the Organic Trade Association. Batcha joined the group in 2008 as director of marketing and public relations and was named CEO in 2014.

Batcha expanded OTA’s size and scope by building a team of expert staff and establishing a Washington, D.C., office and government relations arm, according to the association. 

“OTA has grown tremendously over this past decade thanks to Laura’s leadership,” said Paul Schiefer, the OTA board member who leads the search committee. “What we’re looking for is someone who can match that level of passion for organic, a visionary leader who can build on Laura’s legacy of success. OTA is steering the organic sector into the future; our next CEO will have the unique honor of guiding that journey.”