ConAgra CEO named GMA chairman
WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association elected a new chairman for its board of directors.
Gary Rodkin, ConAgra Foods CEO, will serve as chairman of GMA’s board, effective Feb. 16. Rodkin will serve a two-year term.
Prior to this position, Rodkin served as GMA’s vice chairman, as well as chairman of the organization’s government affairs council. Rodkin has worked at ConAgra since 2005.
In related news, GMA also announced the election of five new members of the board of directors:
J.S. Brown III, president and CEO of Bruce Foods (ex-officio);
John Bryant, president and CEO of Kellogg;
Robert Gamgort, CEO of Pinnacle Foods Group;
Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods; and
David Yanda, president and CEO of Lakeside Foods.
Traditional games still in play
Sales of games and puzzles dipped 6% last year to $1.24 billion, according to the NPD Group, but Adrienne Appell, a spokeswoman for the Toy Industry Association, said that as a category, games have held steady over the past few years.
Appell said travel games are a key category for the mass and drug channels around the holiday and summer travel seasons. Traditional games continue to be extremely popular, but such new entries as Lego’s Creationary, Hasbro’s Scrabble Flash and Mattel’s Loopz have performed well this holiday season. Lower-priced products, such as Blue Orange’s Spot It! ($12.99), Gamewright’s Rory’s Story Cubes ($7.99) and I Can Do That! Games (under $10), also are strong new products.
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CVS’ Foulkes named vice chairwoman of R.I.’s EDC board
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee last week appointed Helena Foulkes, EVP and chief marketing officer for CVS Caremark, to the R.I. Economic Development Corp. board of directors, according to published reports.
Foulkes will serve as vice chairwoman of the EDC board. She is the first female to serve in this capacity.
Also named to the board were information technology expert Jack Templin, co-founder of the Providence Geeks and RI Nexus; Providence developer Stanley Weiss, founder of the Hotel Providence; and Central Falls real estate developer and manager Jerauld Adams.
The appointments are subject to the review and consent of the Senate.
Foulkes last year had been named to Chafee’s transition committee and had sat on a panel at Chafee’s budget summit at Rhode Island College in December 2010.