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Tom Chestnut

Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, NSF International and Co-Founder, NSF EyeSucceed

Global Retail Food Safety

Tom Chestnut has expertise in food safety and quality throughout the supply chain. He joined NSF in 2006 as Vice President, Supply Chain Food Safety and in 2010 became Senior Vice President, Global Food Division. He assumed his current role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2020.

In 2015, Mr. Chestnut co-founded NSF EyeSucceed, a smartglass technology start-up, to leverage the emerging power of augmented reality and wearable technology to address key food industry challenges. He is also the co-inventor on NSF’s first U.S. patent for the use of augmented reality and smartglass technology to detect and correct food safety issues in real time. NSF EyeSucceed is an entirely new training modality that has proven to be more effective, enabling customers to achieve competitive advantages, reduce brand risks and increase employee engagement and retention.

Mr. Chestnut started his career as an Environmental Health Professional in state and local public health departments and then spent 20 years at Darden Restaurants working in restaurant quality assurance and global supply chain food safety. As Vice President, Total Quality, he was responsible for all aspects of supplier and restaurant quality assurance. He is the former Vice Chair for the Conference for Food Protection and former President and Vice President of the Industry Affiliate for the National Environmental Health Association.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Food safety
  • Supply chain food safety
  • Quality assurance
  • NSF EyeSucceed, a smartglass technology