Gina Reo

President, QAS, LLC (Quality Assurance Strategies, LLC), private consultation for the Food and Beverage Industry specializing in Global Food Safety and Quality with expertise in Regulatory Compliance, Prop 65, Crisis Management, Business Integration and Due Diligence M & A Compliance Risk Assessments.
Formerly, Vice President, Food Safety, Weston Foods (WF), a GWL Canadian company and North American leader in bakery products. Transformed organization toward World Class Excellence for Food Safety within four years by framing Food Safety Roadmap Strategy for fast-tracking compliance to FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), SFCA (Safe Foods for Canadian Act) and new NLEA (Nutrition Labeling Education Act) for US and Canada compliance.
Over 25+ years of food safety and quality experience, after holding successive senior positions with Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, Bestfoods NA, Unilever, YUM! Brands and Quiznos (Board). Prior to joining Weston Foods, held position of Quality Director with Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods) in Europe, (Zurich, Switzerland) and Cadbury as QA Chocolate Director (Quality, Environmental, and Health & Safety) for NA/Europe/Global.
Education: MBA (Dual), International Business and Management; BS, in Business Administration Mgt., St. Peter’s University

Personal/Professional Affiliations: Previous Adjunct Professor St Peter’s University Graduate Business Program. FTRAC (Food Technical Regulatory Affairs Committee-Member) Past Co-Chair, American Baker’s Association; Technical & Nutritional Policy Committee, Baking Association of Canada, Post Board Member; Board Member Chemistries of Heated Carbohydrates Consortium (CHCC); FARRP(Food Allergy Research & Resource Program) Post Board Member; GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Member; International Association for Food Protection/Food Defense PDG-Member; Metropolitan Association for Food Protection-Member; Institute of Food Technologists-Professional Member; Member St Peter’s University Business Leadership Board

Certifications/Awards/Publications: Food Defense, ISO, SPC. Tribute-to-Women-in-Industry Recipient, 2000. Author of several White Papers, Managing-Up, as well as published numerous industry analysis.