ARLINGTON, Va. — FMI – The Food Industry Association, on Friday welcomed new members to its board of directors. The new directors, elected at a January 2024 board meeting, further build on FMI’s commitment to maintain a broad representation of the supplier and retailer/wholesaler communities within its leadership, the association said.
“The food industry is on the cusp of momentous change, with new technologies poised to alter the way food businesses operate,” FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. “FMI is proud to welcome these esteemed individuals from both retailer and supplier companies to our board of directors to lend their perspectives and expertise as we seek to navigate these changes together. I’m confident that the addition of these industry leaders to our board will further strengthen our ability to carry out our strategic vision, embrace change, and take advantage of new opportunities before us.”
FMI chair Brian George added that the new board members also reflect the food industry’s embrace of innovation.
“People are at the core of what we do every day in the food industry, said George, who also serves as president, chairman and CEO of the food wholesaler and retailer Alex Lee Inc. “Even as we witness incredible technological change that will drive greater efficiencies for our businesses, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing communities with safe, nourishing food. FMI’s new directors are shining examples of industry leaders who have the courage to embrace innovation and the resolve to always put the customer first. We look forward to their contributions as they help us lead the industry forward in the transformative years ahead.”
The new directors (elected to three-year terms) are:
- Joe Fantozzi, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC, Iselin, NJ
- Tony Hoggett, Amazon.com, Inc., Seattle, WA
- Joel Rampoldt, Lidl US, LLC, Arlington, VA
Chairman’s appointees (who serve one-year terms) are:
- Bruce Brown, WK Kellogg Co, Battle Creek, MI
- Tom Flocco, Pete and Gerry’s Organics, Monroe, NH
- Dana McNabb, General Mills, Inc., Golden Valley, MN
- Carrie Sander, Kellanova, Battle Creek, MI
- Terry Thomas, Flowers Foods, Thomasville, GA
A full member listing of FMI’s leadership can be found here.