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January 30, 2017

Arena-DeRosa announces sudden departure as Foodshare CEO

HBJ PHOTO | John Stearns Foodshare President and CEO James Arena-DeRosa.

James Arena-DeRosa, president and CEO of Bloomfield-based Foodshare, has resigned for personal reasons and is returning to Boston, according to a brief announcement put out Monday by the nonprofit.

Board Chairman Jack Hackendorn will serve as interim president and CEO as the organization pursues a search for Arena-DeRosa’s replacement. That search is already under way.

No further information was provided about Arena-DeRosa’s departure.

The nonprofit works to end hunger in Hartford and Tolland counties.

In a statement, Foodshare said its work will continue uninterrupted under the existing senior leadership team and that the organization remains financially strong.

For 2015, Foodshare reported revenue of $30.7 million, below the previous year when revenue was $31.3 million. Total expenses also were less, however, adding up to $30.3 million in 2015 and just over $31 million the year prior, leaving a surplus in 2015 of $392,998, according to its 990 form to Guidestar.

Arena-DeRosa’s tenure at Foodshare lasted less than two years. He was hired in 2015 as the replacement to Gloria McAdam.

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