Following an extensive national search, the National Grocers Association (NGA) Board of Directors has appointed Greg Ferrara as the next president and CEO of NGA, effective Sept. 1, 2019. Ferrara succeeds Peter Larkin, who last fall announced that he would be retiring.
Larkin will remain an advisor to NGA through the end of the year.
Ferrara currently serves as EVP at NGA.
“As a former independent grocer, Greg’s passion for our industry is second to none and his leadership over the years as NGA’s chief lobbyist, among other roles, has prepared him well to lead this organization into the future. We look forward to working with Greg to support his efforts to build upon the strong foundation that Peter Larkin has laid for NGA,” said Cheryl Sommer and Mike Stigers.
Sommer is NGA board chair and co-chair of the search committee; Stigers is NGA vice chairman of the board and co-chair of the search committee. They were assisted by the firm of Spencer Stuart.
Ferrara said, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization and an industry that I care so passionately about. Independent grocers are the bedrock of thousands of communities across this country and NGA has played an essential role in ensuring that those entrepreneurs have the support they need to grow and be successful. The future is very bright, and I look forward to working closely with our Board of Directors and members to grow NGA’s influence and resources in support of our membership.”
Ferrara joined NGA in November 2005. Before that, managed his family’s century-old supermarket in New Orleans before the store was ultimately destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. He also has worked as a corporate project manager for Associated Grocers in Baton Rouge.
Ferrara holds a BA in political science from Loyola University New Orleans and is a fellow of the prestigious Institute of Politics at Loyola University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and is a graduate of the NGA Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University.
As EVP at NGA, Ferrara is responsible for overseeing NGA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts, public relations, industry relations and retail and wholesale membership. He is NGA’s chief lobbyist, responsible for representing the association and its members before members of Congress, federal agencies and the executive branch on a wide variety of issues while also overseeing the NGA’s political and grassroots affairs, including the NGA Grocers PAC. Ferrara also is responsible for working closely with and maintaining an excellent relationship between NGA and its state trade association partners.