The National Restaurant Association has appointed Michelle L. Korsmo as its new president and chief executive, and to the latter post of NRA's Educational Foundation, effective May 1. She succeeds Tom Bené, who stepped down in September.
Korsmo is a seasoned trade association executive with extensive public policy experience at the federal and state levels. She will soon head a trade group representing the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, which has almost 15 million workers, 1 million foodservice outlets and $900 billion in sales.
Since 2018, Korsmo served as president and chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Prior to that, she was chief executive of the American Land Title Association. She also was executive vice president at Americans for Prosperity Foundation and served in the 2001-2004 Bush administration as deputy chief of staff to secretary of labor Elaine Chao.