Matt Shay to Head National Retail Federation

Matt Shay has been selected to serve as the next president/CEO of that National Retail Federation, and will be elected formally at the June 22 NRF Board meeting.

Shay joins NRF from the International Franchise Association where he served as President and CEO. He succeeds Tracy Mullin, who is retiring after 17 years as NRF’s CEO.

“Matt brings a deep level of knowledge and experience that will be very beneficial to NRF and its members,” said NRF chairman Terry Lundgren in a statement. “He has the leadership skills, energy and enthusiasm necessary to guide this organization confidently into the future, and I look forward to working with him on the issues and projects that lie ahead.”

Shay began his career at the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants after receiving his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University and his law degree from Ohio State University.

He joined the IFA in 1993 and served in several positions of increasing responsibility including vice president and director of government relations, senior vice president and chief counsel, and executive vice president and COO. He was named IFA President in 2004 and added the title of CEO in 2007.

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