The National Grocers Association (NGA) has appointed Brian P. Lynch as VP of industry relations, effective June 3. Lynch will be responsible for NGA’s efforts related to collaboration with associate members, coalitions, third-party partnerships and trading partners. He also will have primary responsibility for managing the NGA Trading Partner Advisory Council. His hire underscores the association’s mission by creating a more cohesive and meaningful relationship between retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the independent grocery channel.
“I am very happy to welcome Brian to our team,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “He has a proven track record of success both in the food industry and in cultivating member relationships. NGA is excited to complement our ongoing strategic initiatives with his expertise.”
Lynch comes to NGA with more than 14 years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit environments. Prior to joining NGA, he served as senior director of business and industry development for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). There, he led the organization’s membership and business development functions, growth strategies and related volunteer committees. A recognized name in the industry, Lynch proactively managed collaborative relationships between industry trade groups and stakeholders. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
“I am honored to be invited to serve this great industry as part of NGA, an organization that is respected and highly valued by independent retailers, wholesalers and suppliers,” Lynch said. “Building on the strong momentum Peter Larkin, the NGA staff and its membership have established, I look forward to taking proactive industry engagement and collaboration to the next level.”