GMDC names new VP of member development


The Global Market Development Center, GMDC, announced that Tom Duffy would be its new vice president of member development. His role will primarily focus on expanding the associations reach in retail and the consumer product industry, to create a global network of those in the health, beauty, wellness and general merchandise value chain.

“It’s a privilege to join GMDC,” Duffy said. “The association has a rich legacy of driving tremendous value for members and partners for nearly 50 years, and I am excited to join this extremely professional, creative and talented team. I am eager to help leverage GMDC’s vision for future growth and expansion on behalf of our member community.”

Duffy holds more than three decades of industry experience and was most recently the vice president of industry affairs at Acosta. Prior to that, Duffy was the vice president of industry services at Nielsen, where he was responsible for the development of client, partner and industry relations for 10 years.

“Tom is a visionary in the industry and has served as a valued member of GMDC, helping chart the future for our association through leading-edge initiatives like our Nielsen hierarchy platform that spotlights tomorrow’s trends today,” Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC, said. “He has a proven track record of cultivating relationships and creating innovative ‘go-to-market’ strategies that drive market share and brand loyalty with key audiences, influencers and industry communities. We are thrilled to have Tom on our team of thought leaders.”

Through the years, Duffy also has been involved with GMDC, serving as the co-chair of the association’s education leadership council. There he was the architect of the GMDC-exclusive GM hierarchy benchmarking initiative, which was a partnership with Nielsen and Retail Insights, that launched in 2012.


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