John M. Gray has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of HDA since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all HDA operations and activities and reports directly to the HDA Board of Directors. Gray also serves as President and CEO of the HDA Research Foundation.
Prior to joining HDA, Gray served for eight years as Food Distributor International’s (FDI) Executive Vice President and General Counsel. When FDI merged with the Food Marketing Institute to form the International Foodservice Distributors Association in 2003, Gray became its President and CEO.
From 1987 to 1994, Gray served as Vice President of Education and as Industry Affairs Counsel for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Gray holds an AB from The College of William & Mary; an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.