ARLINGTON, VA – It has often been said that there is strength in numbers, and in our industry you could further that by saying there is strength in connections as well. That is why the announcement from FMI that it will be adding new members to its Board of Directors from across all facets of the industry brings a smile to our faces. The appointments were approved at the association’s virtual board meeting as it recognized its goal of further connecting retailers, suppliers, and other business partners across the industry.
“I am grateful for the imaginative leadership, the courageous perseverance, and the care our companies have displayed throughout this national crisis. Over the last eight months, our board leaders have had an opportunity to convene for productive, non-competitive dialog on everything from public policy matters to food and product safety concerns, and of course supply chain issues, ultimately keeping this nation fed and cared for during these demanding times,” said President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin.
The new additions will include two new leaders from FMI’s product suppliers, bringing the total to 13 for 2020, and five new retailer and wholesaler leaders that will also join the board, according to a press release.
“FMI has successfully created an environment in which companies—both retailers and suppliers—can come together for honest exchanges, productive conversation, and opportunities to learn from each other, with the consumer ultimately being the beneficiary of this collaboration,” continued Sarasin.
New retailer and wholesaler leaders include:
- Tim Devanneyco, President, Highland Park Market
- Bob Palmer, CEO, C&S Wholesale Grocers
- John Laney, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager-Packaged Goods, Walmart
- Lisa Roath, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Food and Beverage, Target
- Tony Sarsam, President and CEO, SpartanNash
While the new product supplier leaders are:
- Tony Gavin, Executive Vice President, Bimbo Bakeries, USA
- Shane Grant, Executive Vice President and CEO, Danone North America
FMI continues to drive forth its mission for its members to advocate, collaborate, and educate, all while supporting the food industry’s efforts to feed families and enrich lives. As the association continues to move forward, Sarasin announced that new member expectations are in play to ensure that the association’s goals continue to advance.
As industry members join together in new ways to drive us forward, ANUK will continue to report on the latest.