ORLANDO, Fla. — Food Marketing Institute said Thursday that its current board officers would remain in their current roles for another year to oversee implementation of the association’s new strategic plan.
In addition, Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, FMI, announced in closing remarks here at the Future Connect conference that next year’s show will be renamed “FMI Connect, The Global Food Retail Experience.”
The event, scheduled for McCormick Place in Chicago from June 11-13, marks the return of an annual product exhibition combined with educational programming.
“It will be about creating an event that is forward thinking, and that reflects the future of our industry,” Sarasin previously told SN about the association’s plans for the event.
Keeping the current FMI chairman — Harris Teeter President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Morganthall — and other officers in place for an extra year would give the officers additional time to oversee implementation of the strategic plan they developed, FMI said.
Read more: SN's 2013 Future Connect coverage
One change was made to the slate of officers: Due to the impending retirement of Unified Grocer’s Chief Executive Officer Al Plamann, FMI appointed Jerry Garland, president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan., to fill Plamann’s seat as FMI’s vice chairman of wholesaler and independent operators.
The FMI 2013-2014 officers include Vice Chairmen Rob Bartels, president and CEO, Martin’s Supermarkets – Public Affairs; Henry Johnson, president, W. Lee Flowers & Co. – Finance; Tres Lund, chairman and CEO, Lund Food Holdings – Member Services; Scott Schnuck, chairman and CEO, Schnuck Markets – Industry Relations; and Steven Smith, president and CEO, K-VA-T Food Stores — Past Chair.
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