MacKie will retain his position as the baking industry’s chief advocate and spokesperson until the end of the year, principally to ensure a successful International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) – scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from 17-22 September.
It also gives the ABA Board time to seek out a new leader to grow the Association’s positive momentum.
The ABA has been serving members from the various sectors of the bakery industry since 1897, addressing priorities affecting the companies that feed the world. Its membership today has grown to 300+ companies, with a combined pool of over 80,000 employees and 1,600 facilities.
Putting family first
“For 27 years – 17 as president and CEO – it has been my deepest privilege and honour to serve the baking industry,” said MacKie.
“I have devoted my full passion and energy to protecting and growing this noble industry that feeds our country and communities.
“Meanwhile, the devotion to my family greatly overshadows my deep commitment to ABA and our members. It is because of their sacrifices and support that I have been able to focus on representing the industry I love. Now it is time for me to practice what I preach by putting family first and focus my full attention and passion on helping my family through our challenges. I only ask for the industry's and friends' support, prayers and respect for my family's privacy,” adding he will miss the daily interactions with the ABA team, as well as industry leaders.
Tireless advocate for the industry
ABA chair and founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries Cordia Harrington praised the work Mackie has done.
“The baking industry has had the privilege of Robb's passion and expertise for 27 years. He had made a huge, positive difference in our business lives and personal lives.
“I respect his decision to place his family first and am very grateful for Robb's dedication and service.”
Added Brad Alexander, immediate past-chair and COO of Flowers Foods, “Robb has been a friend, trusted advisor, and tireless advocate for our industry and the many members affiliated with the American Bakers Association. We will miss his strategic leadership and wish him all the best.”