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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) said yesterday that it has hired Geoff Freeman, president/CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), to be its new president/CEO.

He succeeds Pam Bailey, who announced her retirement earlier this year after a decade in the role, which had a total compensation package of more than $1.6 million, on a base salary of $1.2 million.

Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and the chairman of AGA’s board, said that Freeman’s successes included “most notably the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, a decision that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the U.S.”

Freeman is expected to join GMA in late July/early August.
KC's View:
It seems to me that too often, GMA has taken positions that, while pro-supplier, also have been seen by many as anti-consumer. I think there needs to be a better understanding that manufacturers don’t help themselves by being antagonistic to the people who buy their products. They may not always agree, but they always have to listen, and resist the urge to be arrogant.