After more than three decades as the National Grocers Association's executive vice president and general counsel, Thomas Wenning is retiring, the Arlington, Va.-based organization announced Tuesday.
Wenning will leave the leading U.S. trade group for grocery businesses controlled by families or employees on December 31. He has served as the organization's GC and EVP since the National Association of Retail Grocers of the United States and the Cooperative Food Distributors of America merged to form NGA in 1982. NGA counts more than 500 independent retailers as members, including Trader Joe's Co. and several Piggly Wiggly affiliates across the U.S.
Wenning said he has had a "very rewarding and gratifying career" at NGA, and intends to serve as a consultant to the group during his retirement.