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FMI CEO Search Committee Announces Selection

BY CSA STAFF

The FMI (Food Marketing Institute) CEO Search Committee announced its selection of Leslie G. Sarasin as president and CEO of FMI. Sarasin will be presented to the FMI Board at its October meeting in Boston. Sarasin will start at FMI in early November.

“I speak for the entire board when I say that we are very eager to welcome Leslie aboard. She is well connected with our industry and brings a wealth of experience to her new post, as well as a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. I am confident that under her leadership, we will be able to move the association forward at a critical time for our industry,” said Steven C. Smith, board chair, FMI, and president and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

Sarasin has been president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) since 1999. She also serves as president of the National Yogurt Association, an association that AFFI manages, and has oversight responsibility for the National Frozen Pizza Institute, Frozen Potato Products Institute, International Frozen Food Association, Texas Mexico Frozen Food Council and Food Processing Environmental Conference. She joined AFFI in 1989.

Previously, she worked as director, government relations, and legal counsel with the National Food Brokers Association and as legal counsel and assistant to the president at Crest International Corporation. 

Sarasin holds a JD from the University of San Diego and a BA in economics from Smith College. She is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in California and Washington, DC. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Mexico Frozen Food Council and as chairman of the Food Industry Environmental Council. Sarasin also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, the Partnership for Food Safety Education and the National Chamber Foundation. She is a board member and past treasurer of the U.S. Former Members of Congress Auxiliary. Sarasin also is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100.

Previously, Sarasin served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In 1998, she was awarded ASAE’s Certified Association Executive designation and was recertified in 2002 and 2005.

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INSIDE Contactless Strengthens Executive Team for Major NFC Push in North America

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Moving to expand its position in the near field communication (NFC) market in North America, INSIDE Contactless, a leading provider of advanced, open-standard contactless chip technologies, named two top sales and marketing executives for the company’s NFC business line.

INSIDE appointed Andy Germano, an executive with more than 21 years of experience in wireless and telecom marketing as VP of sales and business development, and named Bob Locascio, who has more than 15 years of strategic, technology and team-leadership experience, as director of product marketing and business development.

Germano will lead INSIDE’s North American sales and business-development efforts, focusing on securing NFC business from leading handset providers, promoting INSIDE products and executing-marketing strategies with members of the NFC ecosystem, such as carriers, banks, and payment brands, and developing new business opportunities emerging from the consumer-electronics market.

Germano joins INSIDE from AuthenTec, a leading provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, where he participated in the company’s recent initial public offering. Prior to AuthenTec, he led sales and marketing teams for several start-up companies, including WiDeFi, Tantivy, and BEC Technologies. He also held numerous marketing positions at Verizon (GTE), Nortel, and Qualcomm. Germano earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College, a second Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Duke University.

Locascio will help lead INSIDE’s marketing and business development efforts in North America, working closely with handset makers, regional standard bodies and industry forums and other ecosystem partners, supporting regional sales efforts in promoting INSIDE’s NFC offerings and providing valuable feedback to the product group.

Prior to joining INSIDE, Locascio’s experience included leading the creation and execution of new business and solution strategies for Agilent Technologies’ $1 billion wireless test-equipment business. As president and executive director of the Telematics Suppliers Consortium, he planned, formed and led this organization to establish and promote an industry-standard architecture for the wireless in-vehicle information and entertainment market. Locascio also held a number of engineering and management positions at Motorola. Locascio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Myles D. Crandall Named President of Savi Group

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Myles D. Crandall, who has more than 25 years of program, business management and executive experience, has been named president of Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin information and technology company providing real-time supply chain and asset-management solutions.

Crandall assumes full operational and strategic-leadership responsibility of Savi Group, and remains as Savi Group’s COO, a position he has held since April.

Prior to joining Savi, Crandall served as VP of Strategic Planning at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., responsible for leading the company’s strategic-planning process in coordination with the corporation and other Lockheed Martin business units. In addition to holding a variety of program and line-of-business executive positions at Lockheed Martin, Crandall worked for three years at Bechtel Corp., where he served as a principal VP as well as president of Bechtel’s Civil/Water Global Industry Units.

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