PIM Brands taps Coca-Cola veteran to lead new government affairs team

Global snacks and confections maker PIM Brands Inc. announced the appointment of Norman Ross as vice president, government affairs.

Ross will lead legislative and public affairs efforts at the local, state and federal levels and areas of corporate communication, and be based in Washington, D.C.

He will also work closely with a variety of trade associations with which the maker of Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Original Gummi FunMix and other sweets is connected, including the National Confectioners Association, National Automatic Merchandising Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Concessionaires and many others, to support the legislative agenda of the confections and snack industries.

“We are delighted to welcome Norman to the PIM team. His extensive experience, leadership and accomplishments in the government and public affairs arenas will be invaluable to our company as we continue to grow and evolve,” PIM Brands CEO and President Michael Rosenberg said. “Effectively navigating the increasingly complex regulatory landscape, in Washington, D.C., and across the 50 states, as well as advocating key issues with (non-governmental organizations) will be critical to our future success, and Norman is the ideal professional to help guide us in these diverse areas.”

Prior to joining PIM, Ross was vice president of public affairs and communications for Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. He worked in the Coca-Cola system for over 19 years, providing leadership for Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. in the public affairs and communications functions. He led government affairs, community affairs, as well as internal and external communications, for CCE in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also served as director, federal government affairs, with the Coca-Cola Co.

In addition to his time spent within the Coca-Cola system, Ross led federal and regional government affairs efforts for MGM Resorts International as vice president, federal and regional government affairs.