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Entertainment Industry Icon Michael Eisner to Keynote GMA Executive Conference

(Washington, DC) – Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced the selection of Michael Eisner, former Walt Disney Company CEO and entertainment business veteran to deliver the annual Chairman’s Lecture at the GMA Executive Conference on August 21, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Michael Eisner has earned a place among the all-time leading innovators in the entertainment industry,” said Ms. Bailey. “With his extensive knowledge and experience of successful business partnerships, Eisner will provide unique insight into what it takes for a company to continue to compete in a changing global marketplace.”

Michael Eisner has been a leader in the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years.  Under his leadership, Walt Disney Company revenues grew from $1.7 billion to more than $30 billion by focusing on the power of ideas, pursuing the innovative vision, and taking creative risks. He has overseen organizations recognized for their inventiveness and innovation, experienced an explosion of technological advances that have impacted his business and led his companies through the advent of the next big ideas.

In the Chairman’s Lecture, Eisner will share his insights on what it takes to run a company that must always grow and change in order to successfully compete in the marketplace. He will take an inside look at some of the most famously successful and rewarding business partnerships and what makes them tick, using examples of his own successful collaboration with Frank Wells at Disney. Sharing behind-the-scenes stories and insights from his in depth interviews with these partners, Eisner will address what works in business and what doesn’t.

“Eisner’s selection as the Chairman’s Lecture speaker provides a valuable opportunity for conference attendees to gain relevant business and leadership insight from an established peer that brings a fresh perspective from an equally challenging industry,” noted Bailey.

The GMA Executive Conference is the premier forum for the most influential leaders in the food, beverage and consumer products industry and will be held August 20 – 23, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information, please visit


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.