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IPC seeks applicants for secretary-general post

The International Poultry Council is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time secretary-general.

George Watts, who holds the post currently, will step down after the IPC's next meeting in Rome in April. Watts, who retired as president of the National Chicken Council in 2011, has held the secretary-general position on a part-time basis for the past three years.

"When several members of the IPC sat down with the executive committee last September to develop a strategic plan for the organisation's next 10 years, it became clear that the role of secretary-general had expanded well beyond a part-time position," said IPC president Jim Sumner, who is president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. "The IPC recently marked its 10th anniversary, and has grown to the point that it requires the full-time attention of its chief executive."

The IPC secretary-general will be an independent contractor, and will report directly to the president and executive committee. Responsibilities include managing and expanding the organisation, implementing policies set by the executive committee, working with members, stakeholders and international organisations with which IPC is accredited, and helping to accomplish the organisation's mission.

A list of qualifications and a detailed position description is available by e-mail request to Watts at secgen@internationalpoultrycouncil.org.

The IPC represents about 80% of the world's poultry production, and about 95% of global trade in poultry meat.

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