FDA'S BRACKETT JOINS GMA AS REGULATORY VP
WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association here announced last week the appointment of Robert E. Brackett to the position of senior vice president and chief science and regulatory affairs officer. He currently serves as director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, a post he has held since 2004. Prior to that Brackett was a professor at the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety, and before that, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University's Extension Foods and Nutrition division. He will report to GMA President and CEO Cal Dooley and will oversee the association's scientific and regulatory activities, including the operation of GMA's food safety laboratory. (For a look at some current GMA/FDA issues, see story on Page 37.)
H-E-B VETERAN KAYLE TO HEAD DEVELOPMENT FIRM
DALLAS — The Retail Connection, a real estate services and investment company here, said it has named supermarket development veteran David E. Kayle senior vice president of Connected Development Services, a wholly owned subsidiary in Houston. As director of real estate for H.E. Butt Grocery Co. for the past 11 years, Kayle completed 55 new store projects for the Houston division of the Texas-based grocery chain. Prior to his years at H-E-B, Kayle served as director of real estate for Fiesta Mart for more than eight years, taking the Fiesta brand from Houston into Austin and Dallas. During his 25-year commercial real estate career in Houston, Kayle completed over 100 grocery-anchored developments, both freestanding and in shopping centers.