The National Grocers Association (NGA) has named Jonathan Downey as SVP of industry relations.
“I’m pleased to welcome Jonathan to the NGA Team. His years of experience working closely with CPG and supplier companies will be an asset to NGA, our members and the independent supermarket industry,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “I look forward to working closely with Jonathan as we develop our associate member programs and launch the Public Policy and Industry Leadership Forum this Sept. 22-24 in Washington, D.C.”
Downey worked for the Consumer Brands Association (previously the Grocery Manufacturers Association), starting there in 2006 as an intern in the membership group and since then has held a variety of positions including VP of member value creation. He was responsible for membership strategy, growth initiatives and other revenue generating activities.
“I’m thrilled to be joining a terrific organization that represents the independent supermarket operators that are critical to communities across the country,” Downey said. “I’m looking forward to working with Greg, the NGA team and our members to build a forum where retailers, wholesalers, CPG suppliers and solution providers can collaborate and create more value for their customers.”
Downey holds the designation of a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is also a member of the ASAE Membership Professionals Council.