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Larkin to retire from National Grocers Association in 2019

CEO has led independent grocer industry group since 2010, stresses importance of listening as key to association leadership


Oct. 26, 2018
By Walt Williams

Peter Larkin will step down as CEO of the National Grocers Association at the end of 2019, with the group planning to kick off a search for his successor in January.

Larkin became CEO of NGA in 2010. The $7.3M-revenue association announced Larkin’s upcoming retirement in an Oct. 25 statement in which he was credited with doubling the group’s membership among retailers and wholesalers and driving greater member engagement.

The NGA Show has also nearly tripled attendance since Larkin became CEO.

“Peter has led a renaissance of NGA and will be leaving an organization that is well prepared to support our industry for many years to come,” said Cheryl Sommer, chair of NGA’s board of directors. “Peter’s passion and enthusiasm for NGA and the independent grocer is infectious.”