ARLINGTON, VA — August 25, 2010 — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced the promotion of Patrick J. Walsh to Senior Vice President, 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.

     “Pat has been instrumental in developing valuable programs for our members. The success of FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference and the Future Connect leadership conference are due in large part to Pat’s dedication to ensure members find the content compelling and the experience worthwhile,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer at FMI. “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 Pat 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 vice president of industry collaboration and education.

Prior to joining FMI, he was Director of Corporate Electronic Marketing at Safeway in Pleasanton, California. 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 The George Washington University.   

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