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Matthew Shay

Biography

Matthew Shay is President and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. He serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for creating one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans — and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP.

Since his arrival in 2010, Matt has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry, leading the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact, and expanding political engagement. Under his tenure, membership has more than doubled to 18,000, revenue has doubled, and advocacy investments have grown significantly.

Matt 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. During his time as CEO, the IFA adopted an aggressive public policy agenda that led to a series of initiatives to restore much-needed credit to cash-strapped retail and other franchise businesses during the last recession.

Matt has been recognized by CEO Update as one of the top 50 nonprofit chief executives in Washington.


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Matthew Shay is President and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. He serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for creating one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans — and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP.

Since his arrival in 2010, Matt has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry, leading the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact, and expanding political engagement. Under his tenure, membership has more than doubled to 18,000, revenue has doubled, and advocacy investments have grown significantly.

Matt 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. During his time as CEO, the IFA adopted an aggressive public policy agenda that led to a series of initiatives to restore much-needed credit to cash-strapped retail and other franchise businesses during the last recession.

Matt has been recognized by CEO Update as one of the top 50 nonprofit chief executives in Washington.

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