Pamela G. Bailey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pamela G. Bailey is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the association for the world's leading food, beverage and consumer products companies.
Prior to joining GMA, Bailey worked in the White House for three U.S. presidents and was an assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services under President Reagan. She has served as president and CEO of several health care and consumer product organizations, including: the Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association); the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed); the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), an organization of more than 50 healthcare industry chief executives; and the National Committee for Quality Health Care (NCQHC). Bailey also served as director of government relations for the American Hospital Supply Corporation.
Bailey is currently a director of Greatbatch Technologies, Inc., MedCath Corporation and the Congressional Hunger Center. President Obama appointed Bailey to his Advisory Committee for Trade and Policy Negotiations (ACTPN) in September 2010. The ACTPN is comprised of 45 members representing key sectors of the economy to advise the president on trade and related issues. She also serves on the board of GS1 US and is vice chair of the Partnership for Food Safety Education. She is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, a network of leading association executives. From 1997 to 2006, Bailey served as director of the American Stores Company and Albertsons, Inc.
Bailey is Trustee Emeritus of the Holton-Arms School.
Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (A.B., 1970). She is married and has five children.
Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Affairs
Mr. Flannery leads the association’s Industry Affairs practice and has primary responsibility for developing and implementing collaborative relationships, initiatives and programs with retailers and their trade associations across all retail channels. In addition, he helps the organization identify and implement innovative services and programs that will enhance the value of GMA membership.
Mr. Flannery most recently served as Managing Director, Customer Development, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Global Operations. He spent 36 years at P&G, holding various positions in customer business development and market strategy and planning. Jim has also held volunteer leadership positions at GMA, the Food Marketing Institute and Efficient Consumer Response-Asia. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Goods Forum. A native of New York, Flannery holds a B.A. degree in Human Resources Management from Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.
Dr. Leon Bruner, DVM, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer
Dr. Leon Bruner serves as senior vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs and chief science officer for GMA. He is responsible for overseeing GMA’s team of scientists who conduct research on nutrition and safety. GMA’s scientific research informs its members on nutrition and safety issues, and provides empirical evidence for the Association’s key policy positions.
During his professional career, Dr. Bruner has developed a strong reputation as an innovator who is able to apply strategic vision, critical thinking and first-class execution in pursuit of business goals. He is an internationally recognized expert in the development and application of non-animal toxicity product testing methods, and is also an expert in product safety and regulatory compliance. He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on those subjects.
Dr. Bruner has contributed to the consumer products industry for more than two decades. He has served in a variety of positions at The Procter & Gamble Company and The Gillette Company. Most recently, he served as director, environment, health and safety within Procter & Gamble’s Gillette organization. He previously served as vice president, environment, health and safety for Gillette from 2000 to 2007.
Dr. Bruner holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Ph.D. in pharmacology, both earned at Michigan State University. He also received his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State.
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Louis Finkel is the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), where he directs the association’s federal, state, and local government relations activity. He has 19 years of experience on Capitol Hill, working inside and outside of government, and specializes in food, hunger, agriculture, energy, technology, environmental, trade and tax policy issues.
Prior to joining GMA in 2012, Finkel served as vice president, federal public affairs group, at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, where he represented corporate, trade association and not-for-profit clients before Congress and executive branch agencies.
Finkel was chief of staff for the U.S House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, which was chaired by Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN). Louis also served in the government relations office of Exxon Mobil, where he represented the company before Congress and conducted policy analysis and strategic planning on matters of policy andpolitics.Additionally, Louis worked in the firm Lent, Scrivner & Roth, LLC, as legislative director to Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN), and as legislative assistant and staff assistant to Representative Peter Deutsch (D-FL).
Executive Vice President, Global Strategies
Sean Darragh serves as executive vice president for global strategies for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and is responsible for expanding GMA’s international program by defining and effectively executing a global policy and advocacy strategy that is fully integrated into the GMA strategic plan. He also leads GMA’s efforts to further develop and use international public policy and advocacy tools to advance the global commerce interests of the CPG industry.
Prior to joining GMA, Sean served consecutively in two senior positions at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), first as Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture, and then as Executive Vice President for International Affairs. Before BIO, Sean served as Deputy Vice President for International Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association.
Sean served in a number of senior positions in the federal government prior to entering the private sector including: Director of Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Treasury Secretary, Principal Negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative, and Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Sean also serves as a cleared advisor on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. This committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on the administration of the trade policy matters of the United States.
Sean served as an officer in the United States Army. During his military service, he commanded two artillery batteries. He is a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Army Airborne School, and U.S. Army Air Assault School.
Sean is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Executive Vice President, Communications and Membership Services
Sean McBride serves as executive vice president of communications and membership services for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where he provides strategic leadership of the GMA communications and marketing function, the association’s membership development and services platform, and all GMA and joint industry conferences and events.
McBride has twenty years of experience in public relations, crisis communications and political campaign management. For the past decade, he has developed and implemented strategic communications programs for a wide variety of private and not-for-profit organizations, including the American Beverage Association (ABA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Porter Novelli Public Affairs and The Coca-Cola Company.
Steve McCroddan, CPA
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer
As senior vice president and CFO, Steve McCroddan leads the finance and accounting, information technologies and facilities departments at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
He has been working for more than 10 years in the accounting and finance department for GMA and the former Food Products Association (which merged with GMA in 2007).
Prior to joining GMA, McCroddan worked for KPMG, Peat Marwick as a senior manager in the audit group for 13 years.
Carla Mitchell, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources
As vice president for human resources, Carla Mitchell is responsible for the Grocery Manufacturers Association's strategic human resources initiatives and employee programs, including recruitment and retention, benefits and compensation, training and development, performance management systems, employee relations and organizational development.
Mitchell obtained her Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Marymount University, with additional graduate level education in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio. She received her Senior Professional in HR certification from the Society of Human Resource Management.
Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning
Mary Sophos serves as executive vice president for policy and strategic planning for GMA. She assumed this position in January 2010 after serving as GMA’s senior vice president and chief government affairs officer since 1993. In her current role, Sophos coordinates strategic planning and policy development across the organization.
Before joining GMA, Sophos served as assistant secretary of legislative affairs and deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs for the U.S. Treasury. Sophos also was assistant minority counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee, budget associate staff, and legislative director to Rep. Tom Loeffler, and legislative assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Vice President and General Counsel
Karin Moore serves as vice president and general counsel, directing the association’s federal and state litigation activity and providing legal counsel on a host of issues.
Ms. Moore joins GMA from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) where she was vice president and co-general counsel. At WSWA, her responsibilities included coordinating the association’s national litigation strategy, advising on regulatory issues facing wholesalers at both the state and federal levels, and serving on WSWA’s senior management team.
Prior to joining WSWA, Moore was a counsel with O’Melveny & Myers’ Antitrust and Criminal Defense practice groups, where she focused on antitrust litigation, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, and federal and state cartel class actions. Prior to O’Melveny, she held a variety of positions with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition, including counsel to the director and staff attorney with the Anticompetitive Practices Division. She holds a law degree from George Mason University School of Law and is vice-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Trade, Sports and Professional Associations Committee.