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GMA to Honor George W. Koch at July Growth & Public Policy Summit

Former GMA President and CEO to Receive First-Ever Leadership in Public Policy Award, Named in His Honor

(Washington, D.C.) Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey, today announced that George W. Koch has been selected to receive the first-ever GMA Leadership in Public Policy Award, and that the annual award will be named for him and presented in his honor in 2014 and beyond.

“George Koch is a legend in the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry and for good reason,” said Ms. Bailey. “He was ahead of his time. His vision transformed GMA into an effective and efficient public policy voice for America’s food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry, and the modern GMA strives to fulfill his personal commitment to the highest standards of integrity, passion and innovation.”

The George W. Koch Leadership in Public Policy Award will honor consumer product goods (CPG) industry leaders who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to helping the CPG industry develop and promote responsible public policy solutions to the most important issues facing the CPG industry, consumers and world. The award will be given each July at the GMA Growth and Public Policy Summit.

Beyond his 24 remarkable years as President and CEO of GMA, Koch is well known as a patriarch of modern day government relations, a steward of the highest ethical standards and a mentor to some of the most influential advocacy professionals in the nation.

Koch’s distinguished career includes service as the director of federal affairs for Sears, Roebuck & Company and 24 years as president and CEO of GMA, where he was instrumental in developing the Uniform Product Code.

Koch retired from GMA in 1990 and became a partner at K&L Gates, also serving as North American Counsel for the International Center for Companies of the Food Industry and as Congressional Advisor to the Transatlantic Policy Network.

Koch formerly served on the Boards of Directors of Borden Chemicals and Plastics, Inc. as well as McCormick & Company, Inc. In addition to his corporate boards, he served on the Board of Directors of the Watchdogs of the Treasury, the Advisory Council of the International Executive Service Corps and the Board of Trustees for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

The award will be presented to Koch on July 17 at the GMA Leadership in Public Policy Dinner as part of the GMA Growth and Public Policy Summit, which will gather policymakers, CPG executives and the foremost experts from the agriculture, health, food and consumer product policy communities to explore public policy solutions that address the issues confronting industry, consumers and the world.


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.