CEO, Produce Marketing Association
Burns is CEO of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Prior to joining PMA in December 2013, she served as president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and was a member of the Delhaize America Executive Committee. She previously served Food Lion as Chief Operating Officer, senior vice president of retail operations-north, and senior vice president of fresh merchandising, distribution, and quality assurance. Burns joined Food Lion from its sister banner, Hannaford Supermarkets, where she started as a part-time service clerk, completed the grocer’s retail training program, then held various leadership positions. She chairs the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network and the Board of Directors for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Burns was named a 2007 Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, was awarded The Packer’s 2008 Produce Marketer of the Year award, and was named one of Supermarket News’ Power 50 in 2009, one of Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing in 2010, and a top-25 leader in the produce and floral industries by The Packer in 2018.