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The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) added two retail industry executives to its board of directors at the trade group’s semi-annual meeting last week in Washington. The new directors are Eugenio Minvielle, EVP Unilever and president, North America at Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Unilever, and Karen A. Lowe, general manager, global retail industry at Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. Reimbursement.
“Through their high level of engagement, the RILA board provides our team with the valuable insight and the strategic direction to meet the short- and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the retail industry,” noted the organization’s president, Sandy Kennedy.
Comprising chief executives from the largest and most successful retail companies in the United States, the RILA board meets twice yearly to discuss the issues confronting the retail industry and to offer insight into the opportunities and challenges facing retailers and how the association can best assist them.
Current board members include Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Target Corp., who serves as vice chairman, and Eduardo Castro-Wright , vice chairman, of Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., who is secretary.
Among the topics discussed at last week’s meeting were swipe fee reform, adoption of health care reform, and streamlined sales tax.