Matthew Shay

Matthew Shay
Matthew Shay
President and CEO
National Retail Federation
Matthew Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association and foremost industry group focused on the people, policies, ideas and technologies shaping the consumer retail economy. He serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans – and generating $3.9 trillion in annual GDP. Since his arrival in 2010, Shay has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry. Under his tenure, membership and revenue have more than doubled and the organization’s influence has grown significantly inside Washington, across the United States and globally. He has led the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact and expanding political engagement. Shay has held leadership positions in the retail, consumer and services sector for more than 20 years. Before NRF, he served as president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which represents more than 1,400 franchise companies in retail and other industries around the world. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and The Ohio State University College of Law, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

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Sunday
January 16
8:45 am9:15 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Under Brian Cornell’s leadership, Target is creating spectacular growth. Cornell’s vision includes a strategy with stores at the center of Target’s omnichannel platform and same-day digital fulfillment leadership. He also led outsized investments in team member pay, benefits and wellbeing, a curated assortment and more. Now, Cornell and his team are stepping up to even bigger challenges. In this… Read more
Monday
January 17
3:30 pm4:00 pm
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
The retail industry is no stranger to myriad shifts in its ecosystem of players, from sourcing to sales. Best-in-class retailers maintain healthy leads ahead of competitors by evaluating the landscape and pulling the appropriate levers for agile responses to new challenges and forecasted opportunities for growth. In this fireside chat, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry will provide insights on the… Read more
Monday
January 17
4:30 pm5:00 pm
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
A longstanding and successful retail veteran, Lowe’s chairman and CEO Marvin Ellison will discuss how the home improvement retailer continues to accelerate its business transformation, with focus on executing the company’s “Total Home” strategy. In this fireside chat, Marvin will provide insights on Lowe's deepening connections with associates, consumers, and communities through its 100 Hometowns… Read more
Monday
January 17
9:15 am9:45 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Retailers play a vital role in society as engines of creativity, innovation and economic opportunity. The long-term success of these companies and the global economy depends on businesses investing in the economic security of their employees and the communities in which they operate; ensuring consumers are provided the goods and services they want and in many cases need – however they want to… Read more