WFF launches search for new president.

The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced that Laurie Burns, chair of the board of directors, will lead the strategic direction and guide the overall operations of the organization in light of the Sept. 18 death of president and CEO, Fritzi Woods. The WFF is initiating a formal search for a new president and CEO.

A long-time member of the WFF, Burns joined the organization's board of directors in 2008 and was named chair in April of this year. Burns is the senior vice president, SRG Strategic Platform & Development at Darden Restaurants, and leads all development initiatives across Darden's Specialty Restaurant Group brands, which include Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Yard House. She previously was president of Bahama Breeze.