October 23, 2009 — The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced that John F. Gay has been named executive director and CEO of the oldest and largest trade association in the natural products industry.
Gay was most recently senior vice president, government affairs and public policy, for the National Restaurant Association. While there, he was responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of issues, including the adoption of a national standard for nutrition information on restaurant menus. He was also responsible for the association’s political and fundraising programs, and oversaw one of the largest political action committees in the country.
Gay, who was recently recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the “best in the business for America’s business sectors,” has worked in Washington on policy issues for nearly 25 years.
Gay will begin his duties as executive director and CEO in time for the NPA Board of Directors meeting on November 2.
Source: Natural Products Association, www.naturalproductsassoc.org