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Alibaba, Lowe's, Nordstrom, Target to Speak at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show

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More than two dozen of the best and brightest leaders from retail,
technology and business will be among the headline speakers as over
37,000 retailers from nearly 100 countries gather in New York in January
to address the latest trends, innovations and strategies for
transformation at the National Retail Federation's 108th
annual convention.

"Retail today is more than just a store or a website – it's about
offering unique experiences to consumers," NRF President and CEO Matthew
Shay said. "Everyone in this lineup of speakers is finding ways to
effectively connect and engage with their customers through multiple
channels. Each one of these outstanding leaders was handpicked to
challenge, inspire and encourage attendees to redefine their brands,
explore opportunities to work together, enhance customer experience and
constantly embrace change."

Details for sessions at NRF
2019: Retail's Big Show
will be announced later, but top keynote
speakers will include:

Alibaba Group President Michael
Evans
. Since joining the Alibaba Group as president in 2015, Evans
has spearheaded the company's international strategy to globalize the
business and expand outside of China. Prior to working at Alibaba, Evans
held various leadership roles at The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ranging
from vice chairman of the company to chairman of Asian operations.

Bluemercury CEO and Co-founder Marla
Beck
. Bluemercury is a high-growth luxury beauty retail chain
acquired by Macy's Inc. in 2015. Bluemercury is widely recognized as a
disrupter in the beauty retail industry for its unique retail model and
creative approach to beauty. The company's exponential growth –
currently at 174 store locations – is guided by Beck's leadership and
passion for entrepreneurship. Beck is also a cosmetics brand developer,
having co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Powerful Skincare
and Lune+Aster Cosmetics, in 2008.

Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. Chairman and CEO Edward
Stack
. Since 1984, Stack has led the nation's largest full-service
sporting goods retailer through a period of growth from just two stores
in upstate New York to its current status as a Fortune 500 corporation
with 730 Dick's locations, 95 Golf Galaxy stores and 35 Field & Stream
stores.

Lowe's President and CEO Marvin
Ellison
. Ellison joined Lowe's in July and leads 310,000 associates
as they serve more than 18 million customers a week across North America
through an omnichannel presence that includes 2,390 home improvement
stores. Ellison has more than 30 years of retail leadership experience
at companies including The Home Depot, Target, and J.C. Penney Co.,
where he was chairman and CEO. He serves on the boards of Lowe's and
FedEx Corp.

Nordstrom Inc. President of Stores Jamie
Nordstrom
. Named to the position in 2014, Nordstrom and his team
support the strategic direction and daily success of the company's 123
locations and have supported the opening of several new stores,
including the company's first international store in Calgary, Canada,
and its first stand-alone men's store in New York City.

Former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet
Yellen
. As the first woman to serve as head of the central bank,
Yellen oversaw a period of strong job growth and the start of monetary
policy normalization. Serving under both Presidents Obama and Trump,
Yellen helped sustain a period of economic prosperity during which U.S.
stock markets outperformed the rest of the world, inflation remained
stable and the unemployment rate declined.

Target Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian
Cornell
. Cornell, who joined Target in 2014, is responsible for
Target's global business, including the company's more than 1,800 U.S.
stores, digital properties and nearly 350,000 team members. His past
experience includes time as both a vendor partner and a competitor to
Target, and he brings insights from those roles to the company today.

The Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney
McMullen
. McMullen joined Kroger in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk
in Lexington, Ky. During his career with Kroger, he has served in
numerous leadership positions and was elected to Kroger's Board of
Directors in 2003. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in
2009 and assumed his current position in 2014. McMullen was named
chairman of the board in 2015.

Other notable speakers will include:

Allbirds Co-CEO and Co-founder Tim
Brown

BJ's Wholesale Club Chairman, President and CEO Chris
Baldwin

Burrow Co-Founder and CEO Stephen
Kuhl

Casper Senior Vice President of Experience Eleanor
Morgan

Chico's FAS Brand President Diane
Ellis

Deloitte Vice Chairman and U.S. Retail, Wholesale and
Distribution Practice Leader Rod
Sides

First Insight Founder and CEO Greg
Petro

Former Ford Motor Company Group Vice President of Global
Design and Chief Creative Officer J.
Mays

Framebridge Founder and CEO Susan
Tynan

Getaway Co-Founder and CEO Jon
Staff

Gwynnie Bee/CaaStle Founder and CEO Christine
Hunsicker

JD.com Head of Global Business Development of Fashion Harlan
Bratcher

Keds Chief Marketing Officer Emily
Culp

Keeps Co-Founder Steven
Gutentag

Kohl's Executive Vice President of Product Development Michael
Gilbert

Levi Strauss & Co. Executive Vice President and
President of Global Retail Carrie
Ask

L2 Founder Scott
Galloway

MM.Lafleur Vice President of Brand Marketing Jennifer
Braunschweiger

PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Purpose Officer Shannon
Schuyler

rue21 Chief Analytics Officer Mark
Chrystal

Signet Jewelers Ltd. Vice President of Corporate
Affairs David
Bouffard

Snowe Co-Founder and Co-CEO Rachel
Cohen

StubHub President Sukhinder
Singh Cassidy

The Hershey Company Chief Digital Commerce
Officer Doug
Straton

The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. Director and Innovation
Lab Founder Scott
Emmons

Walmart Executive Vice President and CIO Clay
Johnson

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news
media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. For more
information, visit the NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show media
registration page
.

About NRF

The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade
association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and
department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street
merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet
retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is
the nation's largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four
U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to
annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation's economy.

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