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GMA Names Gruber to VP Post

WASHINGTON — Grocery Manufacturers Association on Monday said it has named Michael R. Gruber vice president of federal affairs, effective Oct. 1.

Gruber is currently senior policy advisor at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to his work on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Gruber worked for Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, for more than eight years, first as chief of staff, and later as appropriations associate. In this role, Gruber served as chief liaison to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Food and Drug Administration. He got his start in government as a legislative assistant for Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash.

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“Michael Gruber will be an excellent addition to our government affairs division and I am pleased to welcome him to GMA,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. “His strong track record of building collaborative relationships on both sides of the aisle, ability to develop and execute winning legislative strategies, and expertise in food, agriculture and environmental policy make him the right fit for GMA. Our members will benefit greatly from his seasoned leadership and communications experience.”

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Gruber will report to Louis Finkel, GMA’s executive vice president for government affairs. In his new role, Gruber will be responsible for managing all federal policy issues and advocacy activities on behalf of the food, beverage and consumer products industry.

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