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President of Food Bank of WNY to step down

Marylou Borowiak, the president and CEO of the Food Bank of Western New York, will be stepping down later this year, the organization announced.

Borowiak, who took over the organization's top job in 2009, started with the organization as a board member in 1996. She also served as the chairwoman of the group's board of directors and became interim president and CEO in 2008 before taking on the role full time.

Borowiak, 57, said in a statement she was making the move for personal and professional reasons.

This organization has grown so much over the past 20 years, and I am so proud of all the accomplishments and efficiencies our devoted team has achieved," she said in a written statement. "Hunger is a serious issue in our community, and it’s important to me, the board, and our staff that we put those we serve first and ensure a smooth transition to the next leader. This move allows me to spend more time with my family and pursue other personal goals, but at the same time I am committed to staying actively engaged in the local community in assisting many other not-for-profits I’ve been honored to be associated with over the years through volunteerism and board membership."

A specific date for Borowiak's departure was not announced.

"The Food Bank’s Executive Committee will enact our succession plan to ensure a seamless transition from Marylou’s solid leadership to our next president & CEO," Mike Prendergast, chairman of the Food Bank’s board of directors, said in a written statement. "Marylou has made countless contributions to the organization, and she will be sorely missed as our leader."

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