Meet Our 40 Under 40 Winners of 2024

The 40 Under 40 Awards and its winners represent the diversity of the retail industry and its various players: brands, technology vendors, agencies and consultancies, and design firms.

For the fourth year, Retail TouchPointsand Design:Retailare revealing a new class of emerging leaders worth knowing. The 40 Under 40 Awards and its winners represent the diversity of the retail industry and its various players: brands, technology vendors, agencies and consultancies, and design firms. And at the brand level, we have the honor of spotlighting executives from both established legacy retailers as well as emerging direct-to-consumer brands.

Nominees were assessed for their business impact as well as their overall contributions to the retail industry. In many cases, winners helped bring new solutions, market categories and concepts to market, elevating the standards for success in the retail industry. Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail will feature winners and their stories over the coming months across our various media channels and editorial touch points, including dedicated Q&As, podcasts and more. And stay tuned for the deep-dive awards report scheduled to run in July.

The 40 Under 40 Winners Are…

  • Nomi Cooper, Senior Designer, Arcadis
  • Kate Callahan, Chief Sales Officer, BaubleBar
  • Nick Pleasant, Sr. Brand Manager, BÉIS
  • Christina Sandore, Associate & Senior Architect, Bergmeyer
  • Marcello Aldorasi, Director of Robotics & Automation, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Cydnie Kalkhourst, Director of Retail Experience & Education, Canada Goose
  • Kelly Johnson (Rodeck), Head of U.S. New Client Development, Capital One Shopping
  • Ruben Valenzuela, Account Manager, Chipman Design Architecture
  • Alexandra Vailas, SVP of Brand Marketing, DYPER
  • Carolyn Touchette, Project Manager of Retail & Events, Dyson
  • Matt Seubert, Director of Digital Marketing, Eggland’s Best
  • Kyler Nichols, Manager of Retail Operations, Faherty Brand
  • Brian Lange, Chief Revenue Officer, Future Commerce
  • Jessica Albrecht, Design Manager, Gensler
  • Laura Miller, Sr. Manager of Retail Inventory Systems & Development, Giant Eagle
  • Kelly McDonnell, GM, North America & Global DTC, Grown Alchemist
  • Winnie Leung, Senior Manager of Store Design, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
  • Kristoffer Hagstedt, Managing Director, Europe, Invafresh
  • Adam Leake, Digital Product Manager, John Lewis & Partners
  • Halli Goddard, Market Planning Manager – Media Activation, Kroger Precision Marketing/84.51°
  • Jordan Taylor, Creative Director, Landor
  • Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan, Co-founder & CTO, Lily AI
  • Steve Lindgren, Director of Product Management, Lowe’s
  • Courtney Fatka, VP of Merchandising & Planning – DTC, MadaLuxe Group
  • Sarah Simchuk, Senior Associate, MG2
  • Mallory Stein, Interior Designer, NELSON Worldwide
  • Alexandra Powers, Sr. Manager – Communications, Culture & Engagement, Office Depot | Office Max
  • Luke Droulez, VP of Direct to Consumer & Global Wholesale, PAX
  • Payton McFaden, Director of Global Sales Operations, Peloton
  • Chris Collier, VP of Growth, PROVEN Skincare
  • Michael Buchalter, Senior Client Director, SGK
  • Stephen Muzyka, VP of Operations, Somerville
  • Ellen Mulryan, Senior Director of Retail Data Partnerships, The Trade Desk
  • Jonathan Cole, Commerce Media Lead – Sr. Manager, Tinuiti
  • Kris Bybee, Vice President of Finance, Tractor Supply Company
  • Amanda Moschel, Senior Manager of Store Design, ULTA Beauty
  • Carley Stypula, Sr. Manager, Omnichannel Operations, ULTA Beauty
  • Jacob Zuppke, Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member, Whisker
  • Lisa Ham, Director of Merchandising & Space Planning, Yesway
  • Dennis Maxwell, Senior Director of Performance Marketing, Zenni Optical


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