ORLANDO, Fla. — Food Marketing Institute’s new president and chief executive officer said the association is working diligently on a range of issues with Congress and the incoming Obama administration.
In her first major speech at an FMI event, Leslie G. Sarasin told the organization’s Midwinter Executive Conference here that “we will work with all sides — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — to promote issues critical to our member companies.” She said FMI’s key issues right now include the Employee Free Choice Act, food safety, health care reform and related pharmacy issues, interchange fees, organized retail crime, pension solvency and taxes.
Sarasin said she has a bottom-line answer to the question, “What are your plans for FMI?” That answer is: “We need to increase the value of FMI for all of you,” she said.
Sarasin began her role in early November, succeeding Tim Hammonds, who had led FMI for 15 years. Sarasin was previously president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.
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