Board of Governers
Pamela G. Bailey is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). GMA represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. The GMA board of directors is comprised of chief executive officers from the association’s member companies. More >
J. P. Bilbrey is President and Chief Executive Officer for The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Bilbrey has more than 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and has been instrumental in the growth of some of the world’s largest and best-known brands. He has worked in more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Asia. More >
John A. Bryant has been president and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company since January 2011. He has been a member of Kellogg Company’s board of directors since July 2010. He is also a member of the company’s global leadership team.
Mr. Bryant joined Kellogg Company in 1998, working with Kellogg Australia and Kellogg Europe in support of the global strategic planning process. More >
Sean Connolly is President and CEO for The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH). Under Connolly’s leadership, Hillshire Brands is striving to become the most innovative meat-centric company in North America. This innovation imperative, along with aggressive cost management and disciplined use of cash, will be keys to delivering significant shareholder value. In advance of the unveiling of The Hillshire Brands Company, Connolly joined Sara Lee in January 2012 as chief executive officer of the North American Retail and Foodservice business. More >
J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. (Sandy) is President, Coca-Cola North America and Global Chief Customer Officer (“the company”) where he leads the company’s global customer organization.
Sandy joined the company in January 1988 in Coca-Cola Fountain, USA. He held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility both in CCUSA Fountain and Bottler Operations. More >
Randy Edeker is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hy-Vee, Inc., a position he has held since 2012.
A 30-year veteran of Hy-Vee, Edeker began his Hy-Vee career in 1981 as a part-time employee at the Hy-Vee store in Chariton, Iowa. He quickly moved up through the ranks at Hy-Vee, working at stores in Lincoln, Nebraska; Davenport, Iowa; Milan, Illinois; and Kirksville, MO before getting his first store director assignment at Columbus, Nebraska in 1993. More >
Paul Grimwood is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé USA, which includes Nestlé Beverage, Nestlé Confections & Snacks, Nestlé Emerging Markets, Nestlé Prepared Foods & Baking, Nestlé Pizza, Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Nestlé Direct Store Delivery and Nestlé Business Services.
Paul started his career at Mars, where he held a variety of commercial roles in Sales, Marketing and Export culminating as Trading Director. He then spent four years at Highland Distillers as Managing Director UK & Ireland. More >
Karl was appointed President of the newly-formed Innovation and Commercial Development Group at Tate & Lyle on June 1, 2010, after serving two years as President of the Tate & Lyle Sucralose Division.
He has close to 30 years experience in the food and beverage industries in a variety of functional and international capacities. Upon obtaining his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from... More >
During his long career with Unilever Kees has worked in different roles within the company traveling around the world, from Europe, Africa, Asia to Latin America, before being appointed president of Unilever North America cluster. Kees started his career at Van den Bergh in the Netherlands where he held several marketing and sales roles. In 1999 he became Vice President of marketing for the foods business in South Africa. During this period he was also part of the Brand South Africa team to support the SA Investment Council. More >
Mr. Lischewski is currently the President and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLP, the largest, branded seafood company in North America. He has held this position since 1999. During a career that has encompassed management consulting with A.T. Kearney and executive positions with H. J. Heinz (their StarKist Seafood business unit) and ConAgra Foods, Mr. Lischewski has been recognized for his strength in business restructuring, developing and executing successful business strategies, completing and integrating synergistic acquisitions, achieving low cost operations and achieving profitable market growth. More >
Ken Powell is chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, the world’s sixth-largest food company, producing and marketing leading brands such as Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Nature Valley and more.
Powell joined General Mills in 1979 and progressed through a variety of positions in the company. More >
Debra A. Sandler is President, Mars Chocolate North America. Debra transitioned into this role on April 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Debra was Chief Consumer Officer of Mars Chocolate, North America, a role she has held since joining Mars in November, 2009. More >
Leslie G. Sarasin, Esq., CAE is president and Chief Executive Officer of Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Previously, she served as president and chief executive officer of American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) from 1999-2008. More >
Tony Vernon became the first CEO of the new Kraft Foods Group upon its founding on October 1, 2012. A $19 billion company, Kraft has the spirit of a startup and the soul of a powerhouse. Tony’s mission is to make it the best food & beverage company in North America. He joined Kraft in August 2009, serving as President of Kraft Foods North America. Tony came to Kraft from Ripplewood Holdings, where he was Healthcare Industry Partner for three years. More >
Paul Smucker Wagstaff is President, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, of The J. M. Smucker Company, and the great-great-grandson of J. M. (Jerome) Smucker, founder of the company bearing his name. Paul graduated from The College of Wooster with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations, and received his Masters of International Management degree from Pepperdine University. More >
Alan Wilson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of McCormick & Company, Inc. He joined McCormick in 1993 and he has served a variety of roles within the company gaining an understanding of the different facets of McCormick operations from supply chain to leadership of various business units. More >