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WASHINGTON -- The National Confectioners Association has appointed John H. Downs Jr. president. Downs, who had been a senior advisor to the president of Coca-Cola Americas for Coca-Cola Co., succeeds Lawrence T. Graham, who will have served NCA for 22 years when he retires later this month.
At Coca-Cola, Downs has focused on stakeholder engagement, government relations and public affairs in North America and Latin America. He previously was senior vice-president of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola Enterprises, one of the world's largest Coke bottlers. Downs served with the Coca-Cola organization since 1986, when he joined the Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as a vice-president.
He began his career in government relations as a legislative assistant to the Speaker of the House in Maryland before joining the Glass Packaging Institute and later the American Beverage Association, both national trade associations based Washington.
NCA is the organizer of the American confectionery industry's largest trade show, the Sweets & Snacks Expo, and serves as the voice for the chocolate, cocoa, non-chocolate and gum industries in the United States. It has approximately 600 members.