The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) added two new members to its board of directors after the body’s semi-annual meeting held this past Sunday in Sarasota, Fla.
The new members are Bill Simon, president and CEO of Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart Stores, and Steven Preston, president and CEO of Windsor, Conn.-based OakLeaf Waste Management. Simon replaces Eduardo Castro-Wright, Walmart vice chairman and president and CEO of global eCommerce and global sourcing.
“The collective expertise of this distinguished group of retail executives provides RILA with unparalleled insight into the industry’s most important issues and ensures RILA is positioned to advocate strongly on their behalf,” noted Sandy Kennedy, president of the Arlington, Va.-based trade association.
Comprising chief executives from largest and most successful retail companies in the United States, RILA’s board meets twice annually to address issues confronting retailers and offer insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry.
Other board members include Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO, Target Corp. (vice chairman); Richard W. Dreiling, chairman and CEO, Dollar General Corp. (treasurer); Eugenio Minvielle, EVP Unilever, president, North America Unilever; and Gregory D. Wasson, president and CEO, Walgreen Co.