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Industry’s trade media honor FMI CEO Leslie Sarasin

Thursday, February 7, 2013  
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Food Marketing Institute President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin was awarded top honors for her achievements as an industry leader by three industry trade magazines in late 2012.

Sarasin was recognized by Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News and CEO Update for her leadership in guiding FMI to new levels of member service and for her industry influence.

Progressive Grocer’s 2012 Top Women in Grocery Award honored Sarasin for her "collaborative spirit” that "has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members creatively address the critical industry issues of the day, including food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness.”

In presenting its Top Association CEO Award, CEO Update noted Sarasin’s efforts to collaborate with other trade groups on conferences, projects and shared objectives, such as locating FMI 2012, the group’s biennial retail show, in Dallas to tie in with United Fresh Produce Association and American Meat Institute conferences. She was also recognized for boosting FMI’s lobbying efforts.

The industry leader also was named one of Supermarket News’ 2012 Power 50. "Leslie G. Sarasin has spent her first three and a half years at the helm of Alexandria, Va.-based Food Marketing Institute seeking to make it a more nimble, more responsive organization that will withstand — and influence — the winds of change over the long haul,” according to the magazine.

FMI Chairman Fred Morganthall, president and COO of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, recently reflected on Sarasin’s tenure, saying: "Leslie came into FMI and quickly made personnel decisions that both improved morale within the four walls and built retailer confidence in the organization. She balanced the budget with the help of her team and has increased membership and revenue. With that in place, the organization has been able to ramp up its service offerings bringing more value to its membership, and assuring the organization’s future.”

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