Business Strategies

Chobani Hires Former Obama Advisor/USDA Officer

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Sep 03, 2014

Chobani Inc. on Sept. 3 named Dr. Robert Post senior director for nutrition and regulatory affairs. Involved in nutrition and food policy for more than 30 years, he was a big supporter and collaborator on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. He also was acting executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, where he directed the evolution of the food pyramid to the next-generation MyPlate initiative.

Most recently, Post was chief science officer for FoodMinds, a food and nutrition consulting and communications agency, where he advised major food companies on changes in the nutritional affairs environment.

He will report to Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta, Chobani's vice president of global quality, food safety and regulatory affairs. Post will be responsible for driving Chobani’s nutrition strategies around the brand’s current and future offerings, and will help the company "navigate critical nutrition issues with sound nutrition science and expert communication," the company said.