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GMA Appoints Leon Bruner Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of Leon Bruner, DVM, Ph.D., as GMA Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer.

"Science and regulatory affairs is the very foundation of GMA and is at the heart of everything we do,” said Ms. Bailey. “Dr. Bruner is an accomplished and impressive consumer products scientist. His training in veterinary medicine and pharmacology, combined with his corporate and professional achievements make him the right person for the job. He has a tremendous track record of innovation and the application of metrics against stated goals that will help GMA better serve its members and accomplish the association’s food and product safety mission.”

Dr. Bruner is a twenty-three year veteran of the consumer products industry. 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, Gillette environment, health and safety from 2000 to 2007.

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.

“I am pleased to welcome Leon to GMA,” said Chris Lischewski, president and CEO of Bumble Bee, a GMA board member and chairman of the Science and Regulatory Affairs Council. “His scientific expertise, combined with his proven leadership skills and the ability to develop and lead strong teams will help GMA take its scientific and regulatory platforms, projects and member services to an even higher level of effectiveness.”

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.

“The selection of Dr. Bruner is the result of a nationwide search. I could not be more pleased that he is joining the GMA team. I look forward to working with Leon on the issues of concern to our members, including food and product safety, health and wellness, environmental sustainability and many others,” concluded Ms. Bailey.

Dr. Bruner will assume his new duties on August 27.