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GMA Bolsters Industry Affairs and Collaboration Platform with the Appointment of Elise Fennig as VP

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

office: 202-295-3954

WASHINGTON, DC – Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of Elise Fennig as vice president, industry affairs.

“GMA’s Industry Affairs practice provides a unique value proposition to our members,” said Bailey.  “The addition of Elise Fennig strengthens the association’s ability to foster growth and value chain efficiency through greater collaboration among retailers, manufacturers and suppliers.  Based on her track record in industry relations, membership services and public affairs in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, I know she will add tremendous value to GMA’s growth agenda.”

Fennig comes to GMA from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), where she developed a strong reputation as a leader for her role managing the Institute’s public and industry affairs initiatives.  She most recently served as vice president of member services at AFFI.  In addition, Fennig served as executive director of the Frozen Food Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be joining the GMA team and to have the opportunity to continue serving America’s leading CPG companies,” said Fennig.  “The industry affairs group exists to identify and open pathways for growth and to facilitate industry collaboration, and I look forward to working with GMA staff and with retail and manufacturing leaders to advance this critically important mission.”

In her new position, Fennig will direct and manage GMA’s industry affairs initiatives and projects within the supply chain management and technology, sales and sales promotion and industry performance practice areas.  She will report to Sean McBride, senior vice president, communications and marketing, and will begin her new assignment on October 1.

Fennig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management.


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.