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Former independent grocer, current NGA exec to take reins

Following an extensive national search, the National Grocers Association board of directors has appointed Greg Ferrara as the next president and chief executive officer of the NGA, effective Sept. 1. Ferrara succeeds Peter Larkin, who announced in the fall of 2018 his retirement.GregHeadShot

“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, NGA chair of the board of directors and co-chair of the search committee, and Mike Stigers, NGA vice chairman of the board and co-chair of the search committee.

“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,” said Ferrara.

Larkin will remain an adviser through the end of the year.

Ferrara currently serves as the executive vice president of the National Grocers Association. He 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.