Matthew Shay

In its third annual LinkedIn “Top Voices” list, the social media platform added “retail” as a category and has named 10 “must-know professionals weighing in on retail’s rapidly changing landscape.”

Retail is now among the dozen or so categories covered on the list, which the company described as a “look at the people whose words in all forms — whether shared in an intriguing post, distributed via a selfie video or carefully strung together in a long-form article — have gotten the professional world talking.”

It’s top retail voices include Zoe Leavitt, senior retail and consumer product analyst at CB Insights, at number one; followed by Brent Franson, chief executive officer of Euclid Analytics, and Jon Nordmark, cofounder and ceo of in third. Fourth was Susanna Koelblin, business development manager of textiles at Eastman Chemical Co., while Deborah Weinswig, managing director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, came in fifth.

David Katz, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Randa Accessories, was ranked sixth, and was followed by Kieron Johnson, content consultant at Regal Content. Gad Allon, professor at The Wharton School, was number eight, with Michelle Grant, head of retailing at Euromonitor International at nine. In the 10th position was Matthew Shay, president and ceo of the National Retail Federation.

“To compile the list, we use a combination of data and editorial signals to find the people that stand out among the incredible volume of LinkedIn conversations: tens of thousands of comments an hour, over a million posts a day, thousands of articles a week — and tens of millions more shares and likes,” LinkedIn said in its report.

The platform has more than 530 million members. Other categories in the rankings include influencers, economy and finance, education, health care, management and workplace and marketing and social media.


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