The National Retail Federation has named Walmart U.S. president and chief government officer John Furner chairman of its board of administrators, succeeding Mike George, the previous Qurate Retail Inc. president and chief government officer, who served within the position since 2020.
In addition, Tony Spring, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s, has been named chair of the NRF Foundation Board. Spring will serve a three-year time period and succeeds Jeff Gennette, Macy’s Inc. chairman and CEO, in that position.
The appointments have been revealed Saturday following the annual winter assembly of the NRF board coinciding with NRF’s annual conference and commerce expo, known as “The Big Show,” which runs by means of Tuesday at Manhattan’s Javits Center.
“Retailers are the lifeblood of local communities, serving millions of customers each day with the items they need and much more,” Furner mentioned. “Our industry is uniquely positioned to ignite economic growth and positive change in neighborhoods big and small. I look forward to leading the NRF board during this consequential time, and I’m confident we’ll all continue to rise to the occasion.”
NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay thanked George for his management as chairman of NRF, calling his insights and steering “critical” to the NRF and the retail trade navigating the pandemic.
“We are extremely fortunate to gain John’s leadership at this pivotal point, as retailers move beyond the pandemic,” Shay mentioned. “As we begin a new year and a new chapter for the industry, John’s extensive industry experience and knowledge will guide NRF and retailers large and small into a new era of innovation.”
Tony Spring, at Bloomingdale’s 2019 vacation window unveiling.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to build my career with Bloomingdale’s over the past 35 years, so I know just how transformative a career in retail can be,” Spring mentioned. “I look forward to joining the NRF Foundation as chair, and furthering its mission to provide the skills, resources and opportunities for people to thrive and grow in the retail industry.” The Foundation additionally raises cash for scholarships.
“We are thankful to Jeff Gennette for his dedicated leadership of the NRF Foundation board of directors, and we are appreciative of all who have served on our board to help us prepare people of all backgrounds for life-changing careers,” NRF Foundation government director Bill Thorne mentioned.