The Cookware Manufacturers Association (CMA) has elected a new board member, Mike Otterman, CEO of Lodge Manufacturing Company, and reelected three board members to serve a second three-year term: Kurt Mecray, consumer marketing manager at PPG; and Chris Welch, director of marketing at Bradshaw Home.
Former vice president, Andy Padawer, vp/sales for Groupe SEB, was elected president of the board. Padawer joined the board in 2016 and has also served as its treasurer.
“The new board will continue to lead the way on engineering standards that are used industry-wide to protect the safety of those who cook in commercial and home kitchens,” said Padawer. “In this time of COVID-19, CMA is more important than ever as member companies work together to tackle the challenges of protecting our workforce, growing our markets, and keeping cookware safe.”
In addition to helping cookware manufacturers navigate a post-pandemic world, the association’s 2020 plans include education of retail buyers about the quality, reliability, and value of cookware and bakeware that adhere to CMA engineering standards.