ARLINGTON, VA – January 14, 2008 – A.G. Lafley, chairman of the board and chief executive of The Proctor & Gamble Company (P&G), received the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) 2008 William H. Albers Industry Relations Award today. FMI Board chair Steve Smith presented the award to Lafley at the association’s Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

     Lafley is revered in the business world for reinvigorating P&G, Smith said. He attributes Lafley’s success to an intense consumer focus. “He has transformed his company into one that continually reaches out to the retailers that sell its products and to the consumers who buy them,” Smith said.

     He has focused on technological innovation to improve efficiency, cut waste and speed the rate that products go to market. Lafley serves as co-chair of the Global Commerce Initiative, leading the development of programs such as data synchronization, the electronic product code and inventory management systems to reduce out-of-stocks.

     Lafley serves as a distinguished leader in the business community as a member of The Business Roundtable, United Negro College Fund, Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and, in his community, as chair of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation.

     The William H. Albers Award was introduced in 1955 in honor of the first Board chair of the Super Market Institute, one of FMI’s predecessor organizations. Lafley is the 64th recipient of the Albers award.