The board of directors of the Private Label Manufacturers Association has announced the appointment of Peggy Davies as the acting president of the association.
Her appointment follows the death of Brian Sharoff, who passed away last month after a brief illness.
Davies joined the PLMA in 2016 as the vice president, association relations.
Lisa Manzoline, director of sales for Reynolds Consumer Products and chairperson of the board of directors of PLMA, commented, “We have full confidence that Peggy Davies will be a capable and dynamic leader of PLMA at this crucial juncture – one who is familiar with our member base and the unique challenges we face for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
“Peggy has the experience and qualifications needed, and is 100% ready to carry forward the important work of the association from day one, as the executive board conducts a search to determine a permanent successor.”
‘An Accomplished Professional’
Davies is an accomplished professional who has was elected to the PLMA board of directors for two terms in the early 1990s.
In this period, she either served on or chaired the programming, trade relations, and communications committees.
Between 2003 to 2004, she was elected as board chairman of the association, for two terms, and was responsible for expanding its commitment to education for industry executives.
Commenting on her appointment, Davies said, "As we deal with Brian’s loss, we will best honour his decades-long legacy by carrying on his vision, which we have worked together to build on these last four years.
"I have been inspired by my close relationship with him for more than 25 years, and with our outstanding and dedicated staff, I am eager to carry forward the exceptional programmes we created.”
In addition to PLMA, she has three decades’ worth of private label industry experience in executive positions.
From 1985 to 1989, she was involved with Daymon Associates for a project in building the private-label programme at Wegmans Supermarkets in Rochester, New York.
Davies then moved on to the manufacturing sector as vice-president of private-label sales at Birds Eye Foods, formerly known as Agrilink Foods.
From 1999 to 2015, she was based in Chicago as the food service general manager for McCain Foods USA.
In 2012, Davies founded Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE), a non- profit professional development organisation to promote diversity and inclusion in the store brand industry.