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The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has promoted Casey Chroust to the position of EVP for retail operations, and Azure O'Neil to director of meetings.
"Through his outstanding leadership and exceptional industry expertise, Casey has positioned RILA as the premier resource for retail executives seeking operational excellence and industry education," noted the organization's president, Sandy Kennedy.
Chroust heads the association's operational excellence and educational efforts within its five key retail disciplines: supply chain, finance, human resources, asset protection, and sustainability. In his new role, he works closely with industry executives throughout the retail enterprise and runs RILA's best practice, networking, benchmarking and research initiatives as well as educational programming.
Since joining RILA in 2007, Chroust has spearheaded the organization's partnership with the British Retail Consortium to develop a global product safety standard, introduced the innovative RILA Sustainability Initiative to address environmental sustainability and compliance issues, forged successful research partnerships throughout RILA's core competencies, and created such executive committees as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Privacy Leaders Council.
Before coming to RILA, Chroust spent a decade at BearingPoint, formerly KPMG Consulting, in the retail management consulting practice. His most recent position was SVP for retail operations at RILA.
O'Neil, who has been with RILA since 2007, will plan and execute all RILA events, both locally and out of state, including its four annual conferences attended by top retail industry executives. She was formerly manager of meetings. In her tenure at RILA, O'Neil has helped trim conference expenditures and boost event attendance.
"Azure's… attention to detail is unparalleled and apparent to the thousands of retail executives that attend our conferences every year,"said Kennedy.