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GMA appoints CEO.

WASHINGTON -- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has named Pamela Bailey its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding interim president and CEO C. Manley Molpus. Before her appointment at GMA, Bailey had held the same positions at the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC).

"I am extremely pleased that Pam Bailey has agreed to take the helm of GMA," says Douglas Conant, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Co. and GMA chairman. "In these trying economic times GMA's leadership is critical to the continued success of the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry.

"Pam's extensive experience in government service, bipartisan approach to public policy, success as a trade association leader and strong credentials in the consumer packaged goods industry made her an obvious choice to position GMA to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

Leslie Sarasin, who recently was named president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), has similar praise. "Pam is an excellent selection for this important position," she says. "She brings vision and leadership to the industry at this critical time.

"It will be my pleasure to work with her as FMI and GMA collaboratively approach industry issues."

Bailey had led PCPC since 2005, and her leadership was credited with redefining the association's direction as well as enacting the first consumer commitment code for the personal care products industry.

The trade group represents a $250 billion global cosmetics and personal care business.

Before she joined PCPC, Bailey served as president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, where she helped achieve significant Medicare payment reform. She was also founding CEO and president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, an organization focused on reforming health care policies in the United States.

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Bailey's extensive public sector experience includes service in the Reagan administration as head of the Office of Communications Planning, as well as special assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs. She also served as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, and was an adviser to Presidents Ford and Nixon as well.

Molpus had returned to take interim leadership of GMA in July after Cal Dooley, who had succeeded Molpus in January 2007, relinquished the post to become president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. Molpus had headed GMA from 1990 to 2006.

Together, Molpus and Dooley had engineered the 2007 merger of GMA with the Food Products Association, which Dooley had headed as president and CEO.

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