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Mondelez’s Brindle Named NACS 2020-2021 Supplier Board Chairman

Hershey’s Cotton becomes chairman elect

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Rick Brindle, vice president of industry development at Mondelēz International, has been named the NACS Supplier Board chairman for 2020-2021.

Brindle has served in his current position at Chicago-based Mondelēz since 2012 and previously worked at Safeway Stores, Proctor & Gamble, Nabisco and Kraft Foods. He has been named among the Consumer Goods Industry’s Top 25 Visionaries by Consumer Goods Technology magazine and Supervalu Vendor of the Year. Brindle also has won the National Grocers Association Board of Directors Service Award and was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2017, among other honors.

Brent Cotten, senior director of customer and industry affairs at The Hershey Co., Hershey, Pa., was named chairman elect, and three new members were elected to the NACS Supplier Board:

  • Mike Gilroy, Mars Wrigley. Hackettstown, N.J.
  • Kevin M. LeMoyne, Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.
  • Lesley D. Saitta, Impact 21, Lexington, Ky.

A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member board, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the board of directors.

Kevin Smartt, CEO and president of Kwik Chek Food Stores, has been named the NACS chairman for 2020-2021.

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