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Food Retail Industry Executive’s Accomplishments Garner Industry Recognition

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin Marks Her Four-Year Tenure and Acknowledgment among Elite Trade Press
December 5, 2012
December 5, 2012 – ARLINGTON, VA – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today proudly highlights several 2012 distinguished recognitions of its President and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, marking her achievements as a key food industry leader and inspiring association executive. Sarasin has recently been awarded top honors by notable media entities for her leadership in guiding FMI to new levels of member service and her industry influence in helping equip food retailers to better achieve their mission of feeding families and enriching lives.
 
Sarasin’s recent recognitions include:
Leslie SarasinFMI Chairman Fred Morganthall, president and COO, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc., recently reflected on Sarasin’s tenure, saying: “Leslie came into FMI and quickly made personnel decisions that both improved morale within the four walls and built retailer confidence in the organization. She balanced the budget with the help of her team and has increased membership and revenue. With that in place, the organization has been able to ramp up its service offerings bringing more value to its membership, and assuring the organization’s future.
 
“Leslie has been able to access the strengths and weaknesses of her team and put people in place that can perform at a high level. She listens to her customers and directs her team in a fashion to deliver what is most important. She has also fostered collaboration within the different trade associations servicing the retail food industry to help avoid duplication. One final note: she operates in a business which has had a difficult time improving the number of women involved at a senior level. Her success and the example she sets will help all of us in this business attract women into senior management roles.”
 
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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org

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