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GMA Names VP, Health and Nutrition Policy

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has appointed Robert Burns to the position of VP, Health and Nutrition Policy, effective Nov. 14

“Health and nutrition policy is critically important to GMA and its member companies, and Dr. Burns clearly has the scientific expertise and proven leadership skills to take our work in this area to an even higher level of success,” noted Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Washington-based trade association.

Burns’ most recent position was owner of Nutrition Implications LLC, a consulting business, where he helped food organizations and companies develop strategic approaches to nutrition and health, including engagement with external stakeholders and development of research programs and communication initiatives. Before that, he held nutrition leadership roles in Cadbury Schweppes and Mead Johnson, where he worked with cross-functional business and technical partners to devise and execute nutrition and wellness strategies.

Burns has also written or collaborated on many consumer education articles and peer-reviewed scientific publications. Additionally, he’s an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists and the Obesity Society.

Dr. Burns, who earned both a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and a B.S. in biochemistry at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will report to Leon Bruner, GMA’s SVP for scientific and regulatory affairs and chief science officer.

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