Franchise association CEO announces retirement

Franchise association CEO announces retirement

The head of the International Franchise Association (IFA), Robert Cresanti, announced he is leaving his post March 31.

Cresanti has been president and CEO of the organization, which advocates on behalf of franchisors, franchisees and franchise suppliers, since 2014.

The association will be led “for the foreseeable future” by key members of the executive board and no immediate search for a new CEO will be conducted after his departure, IFA announced.


“I am proud of the many advocacy-related accomplishments at IFA during my tenure, notably ensuring franchises were maximally eligible for financial relief in the CARES Act, reversing the harmful joint employer rule and enacting tax reform that saved franchise owners billions of dollars,” Cresanti said in a statement Thursday.

He also noted that IFA hosted its largest convention earlier this year and that member engagement is at an all time high.

“Even as the association had to take painful but important steps to streamline the association and ensure its financial viability during the pandemic, the mission to protect, promote and enhance the franchise business model continues to be achieved despite these economic difficulties. The IFA staff is unmatched and has delivered for our members throughout this incredibly challenging time,” Cresanti said.

Before IFA, Cresanti was vice president of corporate affairs and government relations at SAP America, Inc., from 2009 to 2014 and before that served as undersecretary for technology at the Commerce Department under President George W. Bush.