WASHINGTON, January 15, 2022 – The NRF Foundation Board of Directors named a new chair and added two directors during its virtual meeting on Jan. 14.
Macy’s, Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette concluded his term as chair of the NRF Foundation Board and Bloomingdale’s Chairman and CEO Tony Spring will begin his three-year term as board chair.
“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 Executive Director Bill Thorne said. “We are pleased to welcome Tony Spring as our new chair and to continue our important work to connect more people to the industry that is a great place to start and a great place to grow.”
“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 said. “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.”
In addition to the new chair, Macy’s, Inc. Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Malek Robert (“Bobby”) Amirshahi and Keith Lipert, President of the Keith Lipert Gallery, have been named to three-year terms.
Directors who have completed their terms are Walmart Vice President of Public Affairs Lee Culpepper, Spencer Stuart Global Retail Practice Leader Susan Hart, Macy’s, Inc. Chief Transformation and HR Officer Danielle Kirgan, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Kohl’s Center for Retailing Executive Director Jerry O’Brien.
The board is comprised of professionals who believe in the power of connecting people to the incredible retail opportunities in communities nationwide through NRF Foundation career resources, training and scholarships.
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies. nrf.com
About NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation provides the skills and resources needed for a life-changing career. As NRF’s nonprofit 501(c)(3), we connect people to an industry that’s a great place to start and a great place to grow. Together, we help people build better lives and stronger communities. nrffoundation.org