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FMI elects new officers and board members

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute this week announced the election of two new vice chairmen and five new members of its board of directors.

The Food Marketing Institute this week announced the election of two new vice chairmen and five new members of its board of directors.

Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway Inc., was elected as FMI vice chairman of finance, and David Ball, president and CEO of Kansas City, Kan.-based Ball’s Price Chopper/Hen House Markets was elected as FMI vice chairman of independent retailers and wholesalers.

In addition, Ball continues to serve as chairman of FMI’s Independent Operator Advisory Board.

The new FMI board members are Jim Donald, president and CEO of grocery retailer Haggen Inc.; Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of supermarket wholesaler and retailer Spartan Stores; Joey Hays, owner and president of five supermarkets under the Food Rite banner, based in Dyer, Tenn.; Tom Heinen, president and chief operating officer of Cleveland-based retailer Heinen’s Fine Foods Inc.; and Steve Junqueiro, president of Save Mart Supermarkets.

"These new leaders bring to FMI great vision, talent, creativity and utmost dedication to the industry," Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, said in a statement. "They exemplify the many ways we serve our customers, communities and, ultimately, America. They make FMI’s leadership more diverse, running companies large, midsize and small, including retailers and wholesalers, and many of their businesses are family-owned."


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