ARLINGTON, VA — September 29, 2010 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced the appointment of Carol Abel as Vice President, Education and Research. Abel will be responsible for the development and execution of FMI’s education programs and research initiatives.

     "As provided in the new FMI strategic plan approved earlier this year by the Board of Directors, we are laser focused on enhancing our industry education programming and expanding opportunities in leadership development for those who work in our member companies," said FMI President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie G. Sarasin. "Carol has an impressive background and extensive expertise, and her previous success in identifying innovative educational strategies makes her a welcome addition to the FMI team."

Abel comes to FMI from the American Pharmacists Association where she most recently served as Senior Director of Education Strategy and Compliance Officer. She was responsible for their pharmacy accreditation program, continuing education best practices, standards and new initiatives. Previously she served as Director of Education for the association.

“Carol’s experience will enable FMI to expand opportunities for industry education and research on behalf of our members,” said Patrick J. Walsh, senior vice president of industry relations, education and research. “Her background makes her uniquely qualified to create and direct FMI’s education programs and coordinate our research studies. We are excited to have her join us.”

She also served as Vice President of Marketing and Director of Pharmacy CE at LearnSomething, where she was responsible for building and directing all marketing campaigns, materials production and distribution for the multimedia and training development company.

Abel holds a BA in English Literature and American Studies from Florida State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in American Studies from Florida State University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its 1,500 member companies — food retailers and wholesalers — in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores and 14,000 pharmacies. Their combined annual sales volume of $680 billion represents three-quarters of all retail food store sales in the United States. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from more than 50 countries. FMI’s associate members include the supplier partners of its retail and wholesale members.