NRF Honors 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future

The NRF Foundation has announced its annual List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, featuring 25 of the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry. The honorees will be celebrated on Jan. 14, 2018 at the NRF Foundation Gala during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in NYC.

The Gala, now in its fourth year, brings together industry executives to honor those named to The List and awards scholarships to students working to become the next generation of retail leaders. The NRF also will recognize Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as “The Visionary,” an award for leaders spearheading change in the industry.

“An industry as dynamic as retail needs leaders with a range of talents from creatives to humanitarians to entrepreneurs,” said Ellen David, NRF Foundation Executive Director in a statement. “Each person on The List embodies these qualities in some way and is helping to steer the retail industry toward a bright future.”


This year’s List of People Shaping Retail’s Future includes:


Jeff Barnett – CEO, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce

Adam Goldenberg – Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group

Paul Hennessy – CEO, Vroom

Jeff Kearl – CEO, Stance

Chris McCann –President and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.  

Emily Weiss – Founder and CEO, Glossier



Isabelle and Katherine Adams – Co-CEOs, Paper For Water

Michael Lastoria – Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, &pizza

Carley Ochs – Founder, CEO and Designer, Bourbon and Boweties

Kate Ross LeBlanc – CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural Wellness



Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale – Owner and Philanthropist, Gallery Furniture

Brittany Merrill Underwood – Founder and CEO, Akola Project

Karin Norington-Reaves – CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Buddy Teaster – President and CEO, Soles4Souls

Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani



Matthew Boss – Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing, J.P. Morgan

Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole – Co-Founders, Nineteenth Amendment 

Jonathan Sokoloff – Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners

Rob Sweeney – Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

Barbara Thau – Contributing Retail Writer,


Power Players:

Mary Campbell – EVP, Commerce Platforms, QVC, Inc.

James ‘JC’ Curleigh – President, Levi’s Brand

Jane Elfers – President and CEO, The Children’s Place, Inc.

Helena Foulkes – EVP, CVS Health, and President, CVS Pharmacy

Greg Scott – CEO, New York & Company

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