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Macy's Terry Lundgren
Former White House/
Returns As NRF Chairman Congressional Counsel
Becomes Top Lawyer At NRF
One of the retail
industry's best known
executives is back as
chairman of the NRF
Board of Directors.
Chairman Terry Lundgren
replaces HSNi CEO Mindy
Grossman, who had held
the top post at NRF since
January but resigned from
the board this summer
after leaving retail to head
Lundgren was previously
NRF chairman from
January 2010 until January
2013, overseeing NRF's rapid expansion in staff and membership
and hiring of a new CEO. He resumed the role at the board's
summer meeting in Washington in July and will serve on an
interim basis until the winter meeting in January 2018, when a
new chair will be elected for a full two-year term.
"Terry Lundgren is an industry veteran who will provide sound
guidance in all aspects of our mission to serve as the voice of the
retail industry," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
In addition, Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner, QVC
President and CEO Mike George, Total Wine and More CEO Adam
Orvos and Petco CEO Brad Weston were all elected to the NRF
board at the July meeting.
After 20 years in the nation's capital, NRF's new general counsel
says the job is the perfect fit.
"I've done pretty much everything there is to do in the law in
Washington," Stephanie Martz said. "I've worked for associations,
as a litigator at a couple of firms and in all three branches of
government. I hope that will make me a value-add at NRF."
"This is a unique opportunity to work with a growing organization
that is interested in a wide range of cutting-edge legal and policy
issues," she said.
Martz replaces Mallory Duncan, who retired at the end of August
after serving as general counsel and lobbyist on credit card fees,
bankruptcy law, privacy issues and other topics since 1994.
"NRF is extraordinarily fortunate to have Stephanie joining
our team," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Her
experience gives NRF and our members a level of expertise that
will allow us to continue representing the retail industry at a level
that is second to none."
As a partner at the Monument Policy Group lobbying firm since
2015, Martz has worked on data privacy, cybersecurity, international
data agreements and immigration policy for a number of Fortune
500 companies and industry groups. Prior to that, she was the
senior lawyer in charge of in-house functions in the Office of White
House Counsel under President Barack Obama and chief counsel to
Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. She has also worked at the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, two Washington law firms and as clerk to judges in the
U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington.
NRF Hires Ecommerce Expert
To Head Retail Strategy
NRF has hired Cristina Ceresoli, a retail executive with extensive experience in digital commerce, as the association's new senior vice
president for retail strategy.
"At a time of great challenge and opportunity in the retail industry, Cristina's background, knowledge and expertise will be invaluable
in our organization and to our members," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
Shay said Ceresoli's ability to identify "consumer behavior patterns that drive brand advocacy in an omnichannel world" will be
Ceresoli comes to NRF from specialty apparel retailer Express, where she headed ecommerce merchandising and then digital before
becoming vice president for marketing and public relations. Before that, she was director of ecommerce at Aeropostale and worked on
digital business and internet issues at Sapient.
At NRF, Ceresoli will have a broad platform to speak on behalf of the retail industry and will develop content for NRF events and
services to support the industry's digital expansion.
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