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Private Advocacy, Public Policy: Leading a Nationwide Association
February 23, 2011 | 12:00-1:30 PM | Barrister Club
Matthew Shay became President and CEO of the National Retail Federation in May 2010. As top executive of the world’s largest retail trade association, he serves as the chief advocate for an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generate $2.3 trillion in annual sales. Beyond U.S. borders, Shay represents NRF global membership that includes retailers and industry partners in more than 45 nations.
Shay previously served as President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which represents more than 1,200 franchise companies in retail and other industries around the world. Shay joined IFA in 1993 and quickly rose through a number of positions of increasing responsibility including director of government relations, chief counsel and chief operating officer before becoming President in 2004 and adding the title of CEO in 2007.
Shay is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and is currently enrolled in the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Executive MBA program.