Sarasin to lead Food Marketing Institute
October 03, 2008
by Keith Nunes
ARLINGTON, VA. – Leslie G. Sarasin has been nominated to be the next president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute. Ms. Sarasin will replace Tim Hammonds, who announced his retirement this past May.
"I speak for the entire board when I say that we are very eager to welcome Leslie aboard," said Steven C. Smith, board chair of the F.M.I. and president and c.e.o. of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. "She is well connected with our industry and brings a wealth of experience to her new post, as well as a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. I am confident that under her leadership, we will be able to move the association forward at a critical time for our industry."
Ms. Sarasin has been president and c.e.o. of the American Frozen Food Institute (A.F.F.I.) since 1999. She also served as president of the National Yogurt Association, an association that the A.F.F.I. manages, and has oversight responsibility for the National Frozen Pizza Institute, Frozen Potato Products Institute, International Frozen Food Association, Texas Mexico Frozen Food Council and Food Processing Environmental Conference. She joined the A.F.F.I. in 1989.
"I could not be more pleased to have been selected to serve as president and c.e.o. of F.M.I. and very much look forward to working with F.M.I.’s board, members and associate members, as well as the associates at F.M.I., to pursue the issues of importance to the food industry and to fulfill the mission of the organization," said Ms. Sarasin.