LAS VEGAS — For the first time in its 27-year history, the National Grocers Association has elected manufacturers to its board of directors.
As announced this week at the opening session of NGA's annual convention here, the four new manufacturer directors are Dennis Belcastro, vice president, customer development and industry relations, Kraft Foods Global, Northfield, Ill.; Jerry Brown, vice president, industry and customer development, Unilever, Trumbull, Conn.; Ted Herrod, vice president and general manager, strategic grocery, Pepsico, Plano, Texas; and Mark Wagner, executive vice president, sales, and chief customer officer, U.S. Morning Foods, part of Kellogg USA, Battle Creek, Mich.
Newly elected retail board members are Juvenal Chavez Sr., chairman and chief executive officer of Mi Pueblo Food Center, San Jose, Calif.; and Ken Hubbard, CEO, Western Supermarkets, Birmingham, Ala.; and the single newly elected wholesaler is Christopher Brown, executive vice president, food distribution, Nash Finch Co., Minneapolis.
Two wholesalers and a retailer were also appointed to fill board vacancies: Jerry Garland, executive vice president, marketing, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan.; and Jack Porter, vice president, sales, Kehe Food Distributors, Romeoville, Ill., on the wholesale side; and Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO, Ukrop's Super Markets, Richmond, Va., on the retail side.
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