GMA Names Finkel EVP

WASHINGTON — Grocery Manufacturers Association on Wednesday said it has named Louis A. Finkel executive vice president of government affairs, a newly created post that will centralize management of the association's federal and state government affairs groups, a GMA spokeswoman told SN.

He is currently vice president, federal public affairs group, McGuireWoods Consulting, where he represents corporate, trade association and not-for-profit clients before Congress and executive-branch agencies. He specializes in food, hunger, agriculture, energy, technology, telecommunications, environmental, health care, trade and tax policy issues. A 19-year veteran of Capitol Hill, he previously had been chief of staff for the U.S House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, which was chaired by Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn.

“Louis is a trusted and respected advocate who has built strong relationships on both sides of the aisle in pursuit of public policy goals,” said Pamela G. Bailey [2], president and chief executive officer, GMA. "His professional, bipartisan approach to policy-making is the right fit for GMA. He is also a seasoned strategist and an effective communicator that knows how to develop and motivate high performing teams."

Finkel is slated to begin at GMA on April 9 and will report to Bailey.