Mathews to Lead Newly-Announced Retail Research and Analysis Center
WASHINGTON, D.C. 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced the hiring of Mark Mathews as vice president of research development and industry analysis. Mathews will develop, evaluate and direct research initiatives for NRF’s Retail Research and Analysis Center which was announced in April. Mathews brings more than two decades of research strategy and management experience to his new post.
“In today’s fast-paced, technology-based economy, retail is moving at lightning speed and the industry needs real-time, forward-thinking research to address challenges and identify opportunities,” said Ellen Davis, senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation and the executive director of the NRF Foundation. “Mark’s tenure leading research efforts on some of the world’s biggest issues makes him the perfect person to lead and expand NRF’s work in this space.”
Most recently, Mathews led the Market Intelligence Group (MIG) at the World Gold Council as a member of the organization’s leadership team, where he established the Council as the standard bearer for research and analysis in the gold industry. Prior to joining the Council, Mathews ran the research team at Palamon Capital Partners, a London-based private equity firm that manages $1.4 billion in equity capital. Earlier in his career Mathews worked at the NASDAQ Stock Market where he was managing director, research and head of strategic planning for NASDAQ’s international operations.
“NRF has long been the go-to for retail industry and consumer research,” Davis said. “Mark’s work will expand our portfolio — specifically in the areas of the economy and legislative and regulatory policy — and elevate our research to new levels.”
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com