NCA Names Chief Of Staff, Promotes Two Others

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Elise FennigWashington — Elise Fennig has been appointed to the new position of chief of staff for NCA, while Karen Horan has been promoted to vice-president of global business development and Laura Shumow is now vice-president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

Fennig will work closely with Association President and CEO John H. Downs, Jr. on priority special projects related to annual business and strategic plans. In addition, she will provide oversight for NCA’s industry affairs, membership, global business development and HR functions to ensure implementation of the organization’s plans.

She most recently worked for The Kraft Heinz Co., working as a liaison between the company and its retail customers and trade association partners, NCA reports. Fennig has also worked as vice-president of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.Karen Horan

In her new role, Horan will continue to foster the international presence for American candy brands. She will also work to build on the Association’s successful participation in the USDA’s Market Access Program, which has grown to record levels and supports NCA programs such as the recently completed review of global legislation and regulatory environments. She has been with the trade group for 15 years.

Shumow will oversee the Association’s scientific and regulatory agendas. During her seven-year tenure, she has developed a scientific knowledge base for the industry that has become the foundation for its moderation and responsibility messagiLaura Shumow Thumbng, according to NCA. As a result of her efforts, the confectionery industry became one of the first to have a definition of moderation to be accepted into a peer-review journal.

“With their expertise and backgrounds, I’m confident all three will help the Association on its path to fulfilling the confectionery industry’s vision: That the public understands and appreciates candy’s unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle,” Downs says.

Caption: Elise Fennig (top) has been appointed NCA chief of staff, while Karen Horan (center) has been promoted to vice-president of global business development and Laura Shumow (bottom) has been named vice-president of scientific and regulatory affairs.