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FMI names SVP industry relations

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday announced the promotion of Patrick Walsh to SVP industry relations, education and research. He leads collaborative industry initiatives for FMI, including the FMI/GMA Trading Partner Alliance, and is responsible for the development of the FMI Private Brands Group and the Rapid Recall Exchange.

"Patrick has been instrumental in developing valuable programs for our members,” stated Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “The success of FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference and the Future Connect leadership conference are due in large part to Patrick's dedication to ensure members find the content compelling and the experience worthwhile,” she said. “He has spent his entire career in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods industry. His experience has proven to be a great asset as Patrick has a wonderful ability to establish industry partnerships and implement new initiatives that benefit all of our members.”

Walsh has been with FMI for 11 years. He also oversees FMI’s education conferences and research studies, and supports those efforts through the FMI Associate Member Council. Previously, he was VP industry collaboration and education.

Prior to joining FMI, Walsh served as director of corporate electronic marketing at Safeway. He was responsible for launching and managing Safeway’s frequent shopper program in North America. He also served in a variety of sales, marketing and product management positions during his 17-year career at Kraft Foods.

Walsh holds a BA in political science and international affairs from George Washington University.

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