WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, today announced the appointment of Denny Belcastro as executive vice president for industry affairs and membership services.
“I am pleased to welcome Denny Belcastro to the GMA team,” said Ms. Bailey. “He is a respected leader in our industry, with strong relationships in the manufacturer and retailer communities. His strategic vision, leadership skills and industry experience make him the ideal person to move GMA’s industry affairs and membership services platforms to an even higher level of effectiveness.”
Mr. Belcastro currently serves as vice president of customer development and industry affairs at Kraft Foods North America, where he has responsibility for Kraft’s integrated focus on customer collaboration and overall business relationships within the industry. During his 35 year career in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, he also served in key positions at Nabisco and Standard Brands. He is member of the Board of Directors of the National Grocers Association and also serves on several committees at GMA, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the LPGA Advisory Council.
“I am honored to be invited to serve our great industry as executive vice president of industry affairs and membership services at GMA,” said Mr. Belcastro. “For over 100 years, GMA has helped its members connect with consumers, provide responsible public policy solutions and develop sustainable avenues of business growth. I look forward to working with Pam Bailey, the staff and GMA member companies to build on GMA’s legacy of success.”
Todd Turner, GMA vice president of industry affairs, and Patrick Brookover, GMA vice president of membership and meeting services, will report to Mr. Belcastro. They will work with him to achieve strategic alignment and enhanced engagement for GMA member companies.
Denny Belcastro is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and earned a business communication degree from Edinboro University and an executive master degree in business and organizational communication at Northwestern University. He will assume his new duties at GMA on July 7.