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Grocery Manufacturers Association hires four staff

New hires come as CEO Geoff Freeman seeks to turn around struggling group

Nov. 9, 2018

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has announced the first staff hires since CEO Geoff Freeman arrived in August to change course at the troubled food industry group.

GMA has lost at least eight high-profile members since last year, reportedly over deep disagreements among the membership about food policy. Four of those former members have since formed their own industry group, the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance.

GMA CEO Pam Bailey retired earlier this year. Since then, the $37 million-revenue group has parted ways with at least five senior staff, including its top lobbyist and chief financial officer. The new hires will help fill those holes.

“GMA’s best days are ahead,” Freeman said in a statement. “We’re bringing together a highly effective, results-driven team with proven association experience to shepherd the organization into its next chapter.”

The new hires are: