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Grocery Manufacturers Association Appoints Sean Darragh Executive Vice President, Global Strategies

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Brian Kennedy

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Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), today announced the appointment of Sean Darragh as Executive Vice President, Global Strategies, a newly created position within the association.

The Executive Vice President, Global Strategies, 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 will lead GMA’s efforts to further develop and use international public policy and advocacy tools to advance the global commerce interests of the CPG industry.

“I am pleased to welcome Sean Darragh to the GMA team,” said Ms. Bailey.  “Our world is becoming increasingly interdependent, and the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector is a vital part of both the U.S. and global economies.  There are international implications within each of GMA’s strategic areas of focus and I am certain that Sean is the right person to take GMA’s international capability, strategic planning and execution to the next level of effectiveness.”

Mr. Darragh currently serves as Executive Vice President, International Affairs at Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), where he leads BIO’s international regulatory and policy advocacy operations, and oversees BIO’s efforts to build its international presence, membership and global reach. Prior to taking on that role, Sean served as Executive Vice President for BIO’s Food and Agriculture Division, where he directed the diplomatic, legislative, regulatory and communications strategy for the Food and Agriculture Section.

Prior to coming to BIO, Sean served as Deputy Vice President, International, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association.  He has also served in numerous federal government positions, including, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Principal Trade Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.  He also served as Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs at the White House.

“I am thrilled to join GMA at such a critically important time for the CPG industry and our nation,” said Mr. Darragh.  “I look forward to working with Pam Bailey, the GMA staff and the association’s member companies to expand business opportunities, promote free and fair trade and ensure that GMA’s members can continue to manufacture, market and export the safe, innovative and affordable products that sustain and enhance the quality of life for billions of people around the globe.”

Mr. Darragh will report directly to the GMA president and CEO and serve as a member of the senior staff team.  He will begin his new duties on June 6th.

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Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. 

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders. 

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. 

The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information, visit the GMA Web site at www.gmaonline.org.