HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (January 17, 2017) announced that HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors, succeeding Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container Store. In addition, eight new members have been elected to the board, and Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO Karen Katz has been named chair of the NRF Foundation.

“As the leader of a company that has pioneered the new frontiers of retail, Mindy Grossman represents the future of our industry but also understands and values its roots,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Along with our new board members, she is the right leader at the right time as retail continues to evolve, innovate and meet new challenges both in the business world and the public policy arena.”

“Retail has always been a rapidly evolving business and that has never been more true than today,” Grossman said. “NRF is a vital organization for tapping into the best and brightest ideas and then disseminating that thought leadership throughout the industry. These are exciting times to be in retail and I look forward to serving the industry in this new role.”

Grossman, who will serve a two-year-term, was elected as the board held its annual winter meeting in New York on Sunday as part of Retail’s BIG Show. Katz, who will also serve for two years, will succeed Grossman as vice chair of the NRF board in addition to chairing the Foundation.

“Karen Katz has a deep commitment to the mission of the NRF Foundation and its focus on retail careers,” Shay said. “Her leadership will be a vital factor as the foundation works to shine a spotlight on the wide range of exciting professional careers available in retail and to prepare young people to enter this dynamic industry.”

“Retail is one of the best places to work whether you’re looking for a part-time job or a lifelong career,” Katz said. “The NRF Foundation is working hard to make sure everyone from college students to Congress knows about the range of opportunities available in our industry and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

New members of the board include:

  • North Carolina Retail Merchants Association President and CEO Andy Ellen
  • eBags Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Peter Cobb
  • Westfield Retail Solutions President Don Kingsborough
  • Google Inc. Vice President of U.S. Sales John McAteer
  • IBM Vice President and General Manager-Global Consumer Industry Steve Laughlin
  • Ashley Stewart Inc. Executive Chairman and CEO James Rhee
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP Vice Chairman-U.S. Retail and Distribution Leader Rodney Sides
  • Sephora Americas President and CEO Calvin McDonald

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.com

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Former MACY’S CMO Martine Reardon to serve as Senior Advisor for NRF’s Retail and Marketing Strategies

To serve as Senior Advisor for Retail and Marketing Strategies

WASHINGTON, 2016-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (November 21, 2016) the National Retail Federation announced that Martine Reardon, former Chief Marketing Officer for Macy’s, has partnered with NRF to serve as a Senior Advisor for Retail and Marketing Strategies.

“As CMO, Martine is widely acknowledged as the leader at Macy’s who successfully built the company’s omnichannel brand,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We have a long history of providing the industry with the insights, tools and expertise they need in order to meet the challenges that enable them to grow their business in a highly competitive environment. Martine’s hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge ensures we take that opportunity to the next level.”

Mindy Grossman, president and CEO of HSNi and incoming chairman of the NRF, said, “I have known Martine for a number of years and I am thrilled she has agreed to take this role with NRF. Martine is well-known, respected and admired by retailers across the diverse community of the industry. Her consulting work with the NRF will enhance our ability to remain at the forefront of thought leadership for retailers large and small, providing real world business solutions to real world business challenges.”

“I have worked most of my professional life in retail, and I am thrilled to join in this partnership and engage with the NRF and the top retail leaders in the industry,” said Ms. Reardon. “Retail evolves at a pace that requires constant vigilance with foresight and planning. To be part of creating paths and finding the voices that can help grow the industry is a tremendous opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

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.

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Treacy Reynolds
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The NRF Foundation announces influential host committee members for its third annual Gala fundraising event

Washington, DC, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 1, 2016) announced a lineup of industry insiders, CEOs and celebrities who will serve as host committee members for the Foundation’s third annual Gala fundraising event during Retail’s BIG Show this winter. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail stars, hundreds of the industry’s top leaders, and new honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future January 15, 2017, at Pier Sixty in New York City.

“The NRF Foundation Gala is an opportunity for retail executives to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation happening in our industry every day, and recognize dozens of amazing students who will be shaping retail’s future tomorrow,” HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Board Chair Mindy Grossman said. Grossman chairs the NRF Foundation Board of Directors and will co-host the event along with Kip Tindell, chairman of The Container Store and chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. “I’m so excited to see retail’s visionaries, luminaries and legends come together again for an incredibly impactful celebration to benefit the great work of the NRF Foundation.”

The NRF Foundation Gala is an annual event where retail leaders unite to celebrate the industry, support the next generation of retail talent, recognize the amazing achievements of the people shaping retail today, and invest in tomorrow by giving back to our promising and dynamic industry.

Members of the 2017 Host Committee:

  • Iris Apfel
  • Steve Barr, US Retail & Consumer Leader of PwC
  • Gunther Bright, EVP, Merchant Services – U.S. of American Express Company
  • Michael Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
  • Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire & Project Runway Judge
  • Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth
  • Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Designer & TV Host
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation
  • Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media & Executive Producer of DOT

Proceeds from the Gala’s table sales, donations, sponsorship packages and auction will benefit the Foundation’s initiatives over the next year, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, advancement efforts for young professionals in retail, learning and development programs to help people secure retail jobs and advance in them, and showcasing diverse and innovative retail career opportunities.

In addition to recognizing The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, the Gala will welcome dozens of high-performing students and scholarship recipients who are a part of the NRF Student Association. The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future will be announced in early January.

The second annual NRF Foundation Gala in January 2016 raised $1.65 million for scholarships, programs and initiatives. Those seeking to participate in the Gala can find more information at nrf.com/gala.

Media interested in covering the event should contact NRF’s media team at press@nrf.com.

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
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The NRF Foundation to host its inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City

NRF Foundation to Bring Together Industry Leaders, Tomorrow’s Retail Stars for Inaugural Gala at Retail’s BIG Show

WASHINGTON, 2014-10-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced it will host its inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City in celebration of the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail talent, the industry’s most illustrious leaders, and honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

HSNi CEO and Chairman of the NRF Foundation Board of Directors Mindy Grossman, and Chairman and CEO of The Container Store Kip Tindell will co-host the event, which will raise funds for the NRF Foundation through sponsorships, individual donations and a spectacular auction. All Gala proceeds will benefit NRF Foundation initiatives, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, digital and video content to showcase retail career opportunities, initiatives for returning veterans, programs to help young professionals in retail advance, and certification and training programs for store associates.

“The work of the NRF Foundation to shape retail’s future is making a huge difference in helping our industry attract great talent,” said Grossman. “As an industry that supports millions of jobs and has such a tremendous impact on our nation’s economy, it’s important to continue to tell stories of people who work in retail and promote the rewarding career opportunities retail offers. We can’t wait for the industry to come together for this celebration!”

The host committee for the inaugural NRF Foundation Gala: Celebrating Imagination, Inspiration, Innovation will include:

  • Joanne Bradford, Head of Partnerships, Pinterest
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO, FEED
  • Bert Jacobs, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist, The Life is Good Company
  • Jarrod C. Moses, Founder, President, and CEO, United Entertainment Group
  • Lisa M. Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
  • Jonathan D. Sokoloff, Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
  • Martha Stewart, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Serena Williams, WTA #1 Ranked Tennis Player

“At the NRF Foundation Gala, we are excited to celebrate our industry with young adults who represent the future, leaders who have paved the way, and innovators and influencers who refused to take no for an answer throughout their career,” said Tindell. “I can’t think of a better opportunity to showcase the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in retail.”

Learn more about how you can support the industry and the next generation of retail talent.

Note to media: If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the Gala to cover the event, please contact Kathy Grannis, grannisk@nrf.com.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. www.nrffoundation.com.

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Kathy Grannis
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
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