Former McCormick exec Phil Kafarakis takes on membership and marketing role.

The National Restaurant Association announced Phil Kafarakis will join its executive leadership team in the newly created position of chief innovation and member advancement officer. He will report directly to CEO Dawn Sweeney and will lead the evolution of the association's membership and marketing strategies.

Kafarakis' comes to the National Restaurant Association from McCormick & Co., where he served as vice president, food service. His background also includes senior roles with Cargill Incorporated, Aqua-Novus Corporation, Jones Dairy Farm and Kraft Foods Inc.