Mike George

Mike George, president and chief executive officer of Qurate Retail Inc., has been elected chairman of the National Retail Federation board of directors. George replaces Christopher Baldwin, chairman and chief executive officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, who has served since January, 2018.

“By any measure, Mike has distinguished himself throughout his career as an innovator and highly successful global retail leader,” said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer of the NRF. “As we begin the third decade of the 21st century, NRF is extremely fortunate to have Mike’s knowledge, background and expertise as this dynamic industry continually transforms, influencing the nation’s economy and impacting communities large and small.”

George said, “The level of creativity across retail has never been higher as our members respond to rising consumer expectations with new products and experiences that make people’s lives better. As an industry that supports one in four American jobs, retail is uniquely positioned to drive economic growth and NRF is a critical force in bringing the retail industry together. Retail continues to evolve at a rapid pace, making way for new technologies, products and platforms, and I am honored to lead the NRF board during this dynamic time.”

In addition, three new members were elected to the NRF board: Sharon M. Leite, chief executive officer of Vitamin Shoppe Inc.; Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer of Ralph Lauren Corp., and Robert Wallstrom, president, chief executive officer and director of Vera Bradley. This brings the total number of board members to 30. Louvet will also be a member of the board’s executive committee.

The board welcomed the new members at its annual winter meeting today during NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show, and they will serve  a two-year term until January 2022.