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Grocery Manufacturers Association Bolsters Product Safety Mission

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy

office: 202-639-5994

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Dr. Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), today announced the appointment of Emilia C. Lonardo, Ph.D. as Vice President of Consumer Product Safety and Science Policy.

“GMA has a world-class consumer product safety practice, and I am confident that Emilia’s scientific expertise and experience will help to make it even more robust and effective,” said Dr. Bruner.  “Her appointment is part of GMA’s continued commitment to strengthen its scientific and technical capabilities in critically important areas of consumer product safety.”

Dr. Lonardo brings over 30 years of professional experience, most recently in Regulatory Intelligence and Policy at Johnson & Johnson.  Emilia also served as Global Head of Regulatory Strategy at Novartis Consumer Health, leading emerging issue management and product stewardship.  Before that at the Exxon Corporation, she held the position of Sr. Toxicologist, assessing and ensuring product safety, and authoring numerous food additive petitions.

“I am thrilled to join the GMA team,” said Dr. Lonardo.  “The association plays an important leadership role when it comes to consumer product safety, and I look forward to working with the GMA staff and the experts at its member companies to build on that record of success.”

Dr. Lonardo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from State University New York, a Master of Science degree in Immunology & Toxicology from Colorado State College, a Medical Technology Certification from Buffalo General Hospital, a Ph.D. from LaSalle University and a law degree from NWC University School of Law.

Dr. Lonardo will report to Dr. Leon Bruner and she will begin her duties at GMA on September 10.


 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.