Washington, DC — The National Restaurant Association is seeking a new president and chief executive officer following the announcement that Steven Anderson would be stepping down after eight years in the position.
Anderson will depart the NRA Feb. 23 to take over as president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, a trade group that sponsors events including the NACDS Supply Chain & Logistics Conference, Pharmacy & Technology Conference, and the NACDS Marketplace Conference.
The Washington-based NRA quickly launched a search committee to find a replacement. It was not announced when a new chief executive would be named.
NRA Chairman Edward Tinsley bid a fond farewell to Anderson in a written statement that credited him with putting the association in “its strongest position in many years” in terms of finances, membership growth and public-policy victories.
Anderson and the NRA last summer signed an agreement to keep the signature National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at McCormick Place in Chicago (TSE July 21, 2006) through 2011. The 2006 event drew about 73,000 attendees and covered nearly 565,000 net square feet of exhibit space.