FMI NAMES POLLEY VP, PHARMACY SERVICES
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute here has appointed Catherine M. Polley as vice president, pharmacy services, a new position. Polley will lead FMI's new pharmacy public affairs program, launched this year to strengthen industry advocacy on federal pharmacy policy. Polley brings 25 years of experience to the position, most recently as chief policy officer and senior vice president of government and professional affairs at the American Pharmacists Association, Washington. In 2006, she was co-president of the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action, composed of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association, both in Alexandria, Va. “Cathy is a superb choice to lead our pharmacy initiative,” said FMI President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Hammonds. “She is a dedicated pharmacist and an experienced government affairs professional on pharmacy issues. Cathy is a forceful advocate for community pharmacies, including more than 19,000 operated by FMI member companies.” Polley worked for six years as NACDS vice president of state government affairs. She spent 18 years at the Kmart Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., after receiving a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan. Polley directed the company's pharmacy and health care legislative and regulatory agenda, and developed a quality assurance program. She will join FMI in mid-September.