2018 Speakers

Pat Walsh, Chief Business Officer & VP, Supply Chain

Pat Walsh

Chief Business Officer & VP, Supply Chain, The Food Marketing Institute

Pat Walsh is Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain at the Food Marketing Institute. Pat has been with FMI for 20 years. His responsibilities include industry collaboration, membership development and supply chain initiatives. Prior to his current assignment, Pat was FMI’s Senior Vice President Industry Relations, Education and Research.

Pat has spent his entire 46 career in the food and consumer products industry starting in 1972 as a retail produce clerk with SUPERVALU, INC. while attending college. Prior to FMI, Pat spent 4 years at Safeway, Inc. and was the Corporate Director, Electronic Marketing. In that capacity, Pat was responsible for launching, developing and managing Safeway's frequent shopper, customer management and database marketing programs in North America.

Pat spent 17 years of his career on the manufacturing side of the business with Kraft Foods, Inc. Pat started his career with General Foods Corporation as a sales representative and held a variety of sales, marketing and product management positions at Kraft Inc. including Business Unit Manager, Director of Marketing and Planning, District Sales Manager and Trade Promotion Manager. Pat managed the integration of the first Kraft General Foods consolidated sales and marketing organization combining the assets of Kraft, General Foods and Oscar Mayer in the Hawaii marketplace.

Pat also held the position as President and General Manager of McHale VideoFilm, a subsidiary of the Burnham Broadcasting Company, Hawaii's largest commercial television production company. In that capacity, Pat was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and worked with an extensive network of advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and Mather and clients like McDonalds, United Airlines, Hilton Hotels, Safeway and political campaigns for Hawaii gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns.

Pat received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from The George Washington University.