WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that Roger Lowe, who has more than 35 years of experience as corporate communications leader, public affairs consultant and reporter, has been hired as Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications.
“Roger’s experience in corporate communications at the American Red Cross, his public affairs and issues management work at two major PR agencies, and his background as a reporter will be critically important in proactively telling the many accomplishments of the industry in providing safe, high-quality, affordable product choices to families,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO.
Lowe has served as senior vice president of communications at the American Red Cross, a $3 billion organization, since March 2009, and previously was a senior vice president at APCO Worldwide and Porter Novelli. Prior to working in public affairs, Lowe spent 21 years as a reporter for Ohio newspapers, with most of his career at the Columbus Dispatch as a statehouse reporter and Washington bureau chief, where he covered legislative issues, the Supreme Court and national politics.
Lowe, who begins at GMA on January 5, will lead the communications work of the organization. He will report to Bailey and serve as a member of the GMA Senior Leadership Team.
“Millions of families across the nation and the world trust and depend on the food and consumer products of GMA member companies, which also are a vital part of the economy, supporting more than 14 million jobs,” Lowe said. “I am honored to be joining such an outstanding organization.”
A native of Ohio, Lowe graduated from Bowling Green State University with a journalism degree.
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. www.gmaonline.org