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A retail leader named chairman of retail leaders association


Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel was elected chairman of the board of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

Steinhafel previously served as the board’s vice chairman and in his new capacity succeeds former RILA board chairman Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as chairman of this exceptional group of industry leaders,” Steinhafel said. “Along with the rest of the board of directors, I value RILA and its efforts to champion issues that affect our industry, our work force and our customers.”

In addition to holding conferences on such topics as supply chain and sustainability, the Washington, D.C.-based trade group is very active legislatively. RILA regularly supports fair trade measures, was an aggressive and outspoken advocate to reduce debit card swipe fees and is also a proponent of requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes.

Along with Steinhafel, other members of the RILA board include:

  • Richard Dreiling, chairman and CEO, Dollar General Corporation (vice chairman)

  • Gregory Wasson, CEO and president, Walgreen Co. (second vice chairman)

  • Eric Wiseman, chairman, president and CEO, VF Corporation (treasurer)

  • Robert Niblock, chairman and CEO, Lowe's Companies, Inc. (secretary)

  • Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO, AutoZone, Inc. (immediate past chairman)

  • Francis Blake, chairman and CEO, The Home Depot Inc.

  • Lou D’Ambrosio, president and CEO, Sears Holding Corp.

  • Joe DePinto, president and CEO, 7-Eleven

  • Brian Dunn, CEO, president and COO, Best Buy Co. Inc.

  • Sally Jewell, president and CEO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

  • Karen Lowe, general manager, global retail industry, IBM Corp.

  • Alan Hoskins, president and CEO, Energizer Holdings Inc., Energizer Household Products

  • Eugenio Minvielle, president and CEO, North America, Unilever

  • Robert Moran, president and CEO, PetSmart Inc.

  • James Myers, CEO, PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.

  • Steven Preston, EVP finance, recycling and energy services, Waste Management

  • Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market Inc.

  • William Simon, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Sandy Kennedy, president, Retail Industry Leaders Association

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