ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday said it has promoted Patrick J. Walsh to senior vice president, industry relations, education and research.
Walsh 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,” Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI, said in a statement.
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. He also served in a variety of sales, marketing and product management positions during a 17-year career at Kraft Foods.