Network mourns Fritzi Woods, CEO of WFF
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Women’s Foodservice Forum President and CEO Fritzi Woods died unexpectedly Sept. 18, 2013 in Dallas.
Woods was an influential regional and national business woman. For the past three years she led the Women’s Foodservice Forum, the largest leadership development company in the foodservice industry. Woods and the WFF worked with the country’s largest foodservice organizations to advocate women’s leadership development and recently began working with the Obama administration to advocate for policies promoting gender-balanced executive teams.
"The NEW family is saddened to hear of the passing of Fritzi Woods,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "She was a dynamic leader and a good friend to NEW, always ready to share and collaborate. We wish her family comfort in this very difficult time. She will be terribly missed.”
Woods served as a board member for several organizations, including Jamba Juice, Ignite Restaurant Group, National Restaurant Association, BUCA and Lone Star New Market.
"All of us at the Women’s Foodservice Forum are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader Fritzi Woods," said WFF Chair Laurie Burns, senior vice president, specialty restaurant group strategic platform and development for Darden Restaurants. "She was an inspirational leader and mentor and a powerful voice for growing the opportunities available to women in the foodservice industry. We will miss her immensely."
WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the foodservice industry, including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing and consulting.