WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced on Aug. 23 that it has named Jim McCarthy as the organization’s president.

“Jim’s leadership and association management skills will be a valuable asset to NAMA and the future of our association. He joins an experienced and dynamic staff that will make for a very strong team to address our issues today and for the future,” said NAMA Chairman Jim Meyer, who led the search process. “He is bringing a new energy to the association.”

McCarthy joins NAMA from the Snack Food Association (SFA). He began his tenure at SFA in 1991 as the vice-president, government relations and was named SFA president and chief executive officer in 1999. For more than 20 years he has represented the snack food industry in Washington, D.C., U.S., creating strategic responses to and successfully guiding members through state and federal issues such as childhood obesity, trade restrictions, use of trans-fats, food safety, food stamps, hunger, proposed taxes on snack foods and other issues of critical importance to the industry.

“I am looking forward to working with the NAMA Board and members to chart a new course for the association’s future,” said McCarthy. “I have worked with NAMA’s excellent staff on a number of occasions and I am eager to join the team and learn more about the industry.”

McCarthy succeeds Mary Waters, who resigned from NAMA earlier this year. He will join the NAMA team in early October.