Dr. Hal King, Ph.D.

Dr. King is the founder and CEO of Public Health Innovations LLC, an ideation technology and consulting business. Dr. King is a public health professional who has worked in the investigation of foodborne and other disease outbreaks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service), performed funded research on causation of diseases (Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases), worked in the prevention of intentional adulteration of foods (U.S. Army Reserves Consequence Management Unit) and worked in the design and implementation of preventative controls for food safety hazards in the food industry.

Dr. King is formerly the director of food and product safety at Chick-fil-A Inc., a national restaurant chain with 2,000 restaurants and over $6 billion in annual sales, where he implemented and led Chick-fil-A’s food safety management program. He is past chairman of the National Restaurant Association Quality Assurance Executive Study Group, past board member on the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the FDA and CDC Industry Partnerships, and past President of the Georgia Association for Food Protection (an affiliate of the International Association of Food Protection).

Dr. King is co-author and author of several food safety articles, including numerous peer- reviewed research publications on the science of public health, and the author of the book “Food Safety Management: Implementing a Food Safety Program in a Food Retail Business” (Springer). He is also the author of two new books that will be published in 2017, one on how to achieve Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control (HARPC) of food safety risk in food manufacturing facilities, and another on how to achieve active managerial control of food safety risk in retail foodservice and sales establishments.

Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the University of Georgia.