WASHINGTON — Grocery Manufacturers Association here on Tuesday said it has named Sean Darragh executive vice president, global strategies, a newly created post.
He will be responsible for expanding GMA's international program by defining and executing a global policy and advocacy strategy that is integrated into the GMA strategic plan. He will also lead GMA's efforts to further develop and use international public policy and advocacy tools to advance the global commerce interests of the CPG industry.
Darragh currently is EVP, international affairs, at Biotechnology Industry Organization, where he leads BIO's international regulatory and policy advocacy operations, and oversees BIO's efforts to build its international presence, membership and global reach. Before that he was EVP for BIO's Food and Agriculture Division. Before joining BIO, he was with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, and before that he held several positions in federal government.
"Our world is becoming increasingly interdependent, and the food, beverage and the [CPG] sector is a vital part of both the U.S. and global economies," said Pamela G. Bailey, president and chief executive officer, GMA. "There are international implications within each of GMA's strategic areas of focus and I am certain that Sean is the right person to take GMA's international capability, strategic planning and execution to the next level of effectiveness."
Darragh will report directly to Bailey. He is scheduled to begin on June 6.