ARLINGTON, VA — July 22, 2010 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Lieberman as Regulatory Counsel.   

     Lieberman will represent FMI and its members by advocating for reasonable regulations across numerous federal agencies. He will also develop materials to help retailers and wholesalers comply with regulations and advise members on federal rules related to food safety.

     “Erik brings a broad range of regulatory expertise to FMI,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer. “His familiarity with the supermarket industry and its priorities makes him a valuable addition to our team. We are very happy to have him aboard.”

     Lieberman joins FMI from the U.S. House Committee on Small Business where he served counsel to the majority on issues ranging from regulatory relief to antitrust, food safety, data security and transportation. Lieberman was Director of Government Affairs at the National Grocers Association from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as a legislative assistant to Florida Senator Bob Graham.

     Lieberman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He holds a certificate of Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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