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Starbucks, Walmart, Kroger execs make NRF's 'List of People Shaping Retail's Future'


Washington, D.C. -- Adam Brothman, chief digital officer of Starbucks, Melissa Reiff, president and COO of The Container Store, Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated, and Greg Buzek, co-founder of the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) and president of IHL Goup are among the 25 individuals recognized by the NRF Foundation on its “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”

“The List is about recognizing the power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers who are changing the face of retail – many doing so behind the scenes,” said NRF senior VP and foundation executive director Ellen Davis.

The list’s honorees are divided into five categories:


• Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, Starbucks

• Rick J. Caruso, founder and CEO, Caruso Affiliated

• Darrell Cavens, CEO, zulily

• Julia Fowler, co-founder, Editd

• Jeffery R. Sears, co-founder and CEO, Pirch


• Kirsten Blowers Stuckey, owner, designer, buyer,

• Jane Dailey, president, co-founder and fashion fairy godmother, Hollywood Fashion Secrets

• Casey Gerald, co-founder and CEO, MBAs Across America

• Isabella Rose Taylor, fashion designer, artist and entrepreneur, Isabella Rose Taylor Fashions


• Greg Buzek, co-founder and donor trustee, Retail Orphan Initiative (also, president IHL Goup)

• Michael Levy, founder and president, Pet Food Express

• Lynn Marmer, group VP, corporate affairs, The Kroger Co.

• Johnny Morris, founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops

• Shawn R. Outler, group VP, leased businesses, vendor collaboration & multicultural business development, Macy’s, Inc.

• BG Gary M. Profit, U.S. Army (Retired), senior director, military programs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Power Players:

• Margarita Arriagada, chief merchant, Sephora, Inc.

• Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer, Walgreen Co.

• Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer, Neiman Marcus

• J. Paul Raines, CEO, GameStop

• Melissa Reiff, president and COO, The Container Store


• Tom Buxton, president and CEO, Buxton Co.

• The Hon. Richard J. Durbin, U.S. Senator for Illinois

• Tonian Hohberg, founder, president and CEO, Fashion Institute of Design and


• David Moin, senior editor, retail, WWD

• Deena Varshavskaya, founder and CEO, Wanelo

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