Katherine DiMatteo has been named president of the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

The announcement was made at IFOAM's General Assembly held in Vignola, Italy.

DiMatteo served as executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in the US from 1990 to 2006.

"OTA congratulates IFOAM for choosing Katherine DiMatteo, who during her tenure at OTA became the principal spokesperson for the organic business community in the US and a respected global leader, particularly in helping build consensus on organic standards and practices. I believe her leadership as president of IFOAM's World Board will be a great boon for organic agriculture around the world," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's current executive director, who took part in IFOAM's General Assembly in Italy.

OTA is a member of IFOAM, which is the worldwide umbrella organisation for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organisations in 108 countries.

DiMatteo has served as a member of the World Board for the past two years.