WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association here said it is seeking a new president and chief executive officer following yesterday’s surprise announcement that Cal Dooley is resigning, effective in September. Dooley said he will be taking a similar position at the American Chemistry Council, Arlington, Va. — a larger organization with more of a regulatory interest than GMA, which observers told SN is probably more in tune with Dooley’s background as a former Congressman with strong ties to Capitol Hill. “The ACC is primarily a public affairs group, and that’s Dooley’s world,” one industry consultant said. According to another observer, “Dooley was apparently contacted by a search firm for the ACC that offered a very good, lucrative opportunity, and he took it.” Dooley said he plans to remain with GMA though early September — before beginning work at the ACC on Sept. 8 — “to facilitate the transition in leadership.” A GMA spokesman said the association’s board has selected several directors to serve on a search committee, though he declined to identify any of them.
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