ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday said it named Rhett Asher vice president of industry relations.
FMI said he will focus on enhancing the capabilities and services of industry relations at FMI, specifically the FMI/GMA Trading Partner Alliance with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He will also support other areas, including loss prevention and risk management, technology, and marketing and merchandising.
Asher joins FMI from the National Retail Federation where he was vice president of loss prevention. He served in a similar capacity at the Retail Industry Leaders Association from 2003 to 2006.
Previously, Asher held management positions at Ross Stores, Modell's Sporting Goods and Cort Furniture Rental. He currently serves on the Department of Homeland Security Commercial Facilities Sector Coordinating Council, the advisory board of the Loss Prevention Research Council and the advisory committee of the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention.
"Rhett has extensive retail and association management experience that will be very valuable to our members," said FMI President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie G. Sarasin, in a prepared statement. "He is highly regarded within the industry for his knowledge of loss prevention issues and we are excited to have him join FMI."