IFA names Robert Cresanti CEO

The International Franchise Association has named Robert Cresanti president and chief executive officer, the association’s board of directors announced Tuesday.

Cresanti replaces former president and CEO Steve Caldeira, who resigned earlier this month following a dispute over terms for renewing his IFA contract. Cresanti, who previously served as the IFA’s executive vice president of government relations and public policy, was named interim chief operating officer after Caldeira’s departure.

“We could not be more pleased that Robert Cresanti has accepted this position,” IFA Chair Melanie Bergeron said in a statement. “As IFA Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Interim COO, Robert has proven experience in representing the industry during very challenging times and brings seasoned judgement [sic] and leadership to this important position. We are confident that the IFA will continue to thrive under his guidance.”

The IFA has challenged several perceived affronts to franchising in recent months, including the National Labor Relations Board’s August ruling on the definition of a joint employer and Seattle’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage.

“I am humbled and honored by the Board’s trust in me and look forward to continuing the great work the IFA team has done in protecting, promoting and enhancing franchising,” Cresanti said.


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