Bakers Journal

MacKie to step down from ABA to support family

June 28, 2022
By Bakers Journal

Robb MacKie has served 27 years with the ABA, 17 of those as president and CEO. Photo: American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association announced that longtime president and CEO Robb MacKie will step down at the end of 2022 to focus on family matters full time.

“For 27 years, 17 as president and CEO, it has been my deepest privilege and honor to serve the baking industry,” MacKie said. “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,” he said. “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.”

“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,” said Cordia Harrington, ABA chair, and founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries. “I respect his decision to place his family first and am very grateful for Robb’s dedication and service.”


“Robb has been a friend, trusted advisor, and tireless advocate for our industry and the many members affiliated with the American Bakers Association,” said Brad Alexander, immediate past-chair and COO of Flowers Foods. “We will miss his strategic leadership and wish him all the best.”

MacKie will serve through the end of 2022 to ensure a highly successful International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), which ABA co-owns. During this time, the ABA Board will seek a dynamic new leader to grow the Association’s positive momentum throughout a smooth transition.

“I will miss the daily interactions with a powerful team of industry leaders and the most respected and effective team of association professionals in Washington,” MacKie concluded.

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