Hammonds to retire from F.M.I.

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON – Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, is retiring. A search committee led by Ronald D. Pearson, chairman emeritus of Hy-Vee, Inc., has begun the search for a successor to Mr. Hammonds, who will continue to lead the association until a new leader has been hired.

Mr. Hammonds led the F.M.I. for the past 15 years, during a time of consolidation and transition for the supermarket industry.

"Tim Hammonds has made a major contribution to the expansion and enhancement of a number of programs that will continue to be of significant benefit to the food industry, especially in the areas of food safety, social responsibility, industry relations and political action," said Steven Curtis Smith, board chair of the F.M.I. and president and c.e.o. of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

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