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The List

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future

A dynamic group of retail leaders creating opportunities and sparking innovation.

2023 NRF Foundation Honors awards dynamic retail leaders on The List

The List 2023 was presented onstage at the NRF Foundation Honors by American Express President of U.S. Merchant Services Colleen Taylor and PwC Vice Chair of Consumer Markets Barbra Bukovac. 

 
Get to know The List of People Shaping Retail's Future 2023

A video featuring the honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2023 premiered at the 2023 NRF Foundation Honors. 

 
The List 2023

Aman Advani

Ministry of Supply Co-Founder & CEO

Aman Advani is Co-founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply, a clothing brand using science to make the world's most comfortable clothing. The company was founded in 2012 with the mission to incorporate fundamental engineering and performance principles into clothing staples, ultimately building a wardrobe that both looks good, and feels comfortable. 

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Erin Izen

The Home Depot Senior Director, Workforce Programs

Erin Izen is the senior director of workforce programs for The Home Depot, managing the company’s comprehensive workforce development strategy, addressing its workforce needs and supporting the communities surrounding its stores. In addition, she oversees The Home Depot’s global contingent labor program office, facilitating flexible labor options across the business, and has been a board member for The Home Depot Foundation for 11 years, supporting veteran causes, trades training and disaster response.

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Bahja Johnson

Gap Inc. Head of Customer & Community Belonging & Enablement

In 2018, Bahja Johnson co-founded the Color Proud Council, Gap Inc.’s first product inclusion initiative, with the mission of bringing diversity to the bottom line of the business.  In her current role, she focuses on delivering inclusive products and experiences for customers, being a multiplier for good within communities, and supporting the brands and company functions as a strategic thought partner in the end-to-end integration of the Gap Inc. Equality & Belonging strategy.  

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Suresh Kumar

Walmart Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer 

As the global CTO, Suresh Kumar sets the technical strategy, combining advances in computing with Walmart’s strengths to deliver the best customer experiences. As the global CDO, he leads the team in building tools and systems to digitally transform our business operations, using the scale and power of data to deliver a competitive advantage while improving the productivity of Walmart associates. Kumar has 25 years of technology leadership experience, with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM.

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Steve Madden

Steve Madden Founder, Creative and Design Chief 

Steve Madden started more than 30 years ago with just $1,100 in the bank, following his intuition, setting out to create the next big thing. His company anticipates consumer needs and delivers collections that are both cutting edge and highly saleable. With over 200 stores across the globe, he is still mindful of his humble beginning and the support he has received on his journey.

Past List Awardees

See all of the honorees for The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future
(titles and companies as of award date)

A
Isabelle Adams, 2018
Co-CEO
Paper For Water
Katherine Adams, 2018
Co-CEO
Paper For Water
Aman Advani, 2023
Co-Founder & CEO
Ministry of Supply
Jessica Alba, 2019
Founder
The Honest Company
Joel Anderson, 2022
President & CEO
Five Below, Inc.
Margarita Arriagada, 2015
Chief Merchant
Sephora
Emily Avedikian, 2017
Founder and Director
Keeps Boutique at The Gatehouse
B
Steve Barbarick, 2019
President and COO
Tractor Supply Company
Jeff Barnett, 2018
CEO, Commerce Cloud
Salesforce Commerce
Kirsten Blowers, 2015
Owner, Designer, Buyer
ShopRiffRaff
Neil Blumenthal, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Warby Parker
Brad Bogolea, 2017
Co-Founder and CEO
Simbe Robotics
Matthew Boss, 2018
Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing
J.P Morgan
Stefanie Bothelo, 2017
Founder and CEO
Fitzroy Toys
Lisa Bradley, 2019
Co-Founder
R. Riveter
Mike Brady, 2019
President and CEO
Greyston
James Brett, 2017
President
West Elm
Moziah Bridges, 2016
CEO
Mo’s Bows
Adam Brotman, 2015
Chief Digital Officer
Starbucks
Tim Brown, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Allbirds
Stacy Brown-Philpot, 2019
CEO
TaskRabbit
Anthony Bruce, 2017
Co-Founder and CEO
Applied Predictive Technologies
Tory Burch, 2016
Chairman and Co-CEO, Founder
Tory Burch LLC, Tory Burch Foundation
Tom Buxton, 2015
President and CEO
Buxton Co.
Greg Buzek, 2015
Co-Founder, President
Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI), IHL Group
C
Mary Campbell, 2018
Executive Vice President, Commerce Platforms
QVC, Inc.
Ann-Marie Campbell, 2020
Executive Vice President - US Stores
The Home Depot
Rick J. Caruso, 2015
Founder and CEO
Caruso Affilliated
Darrell Cavens, 2015
CEO
zulily
Sona Chawla, 2015
President of Digital and Chief Marketing Officer
Walgreen Co.
Oliver Chen, 2019
Managing Director, Retail & Luxury Head
Cowen
Manny Chirico, 2020
Chairman and CEO
PVH Corp.

 

 

Kerry Cooper, 2020
Former President and COO
Rothy’s
Matthew Corrin, 2016
Founder and CEO
Freshii
Cameron Cruse, 2019
Co-Founder
R. Riveter
James Curleigh, 2018
President
Levi’s Brand
Amanda Curtis, 2018
Co-Founder
Nineteenth Amendment
Lisa Clyde, 2017
Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking
Bank of America Merrilll Lynch
D
Scott Dahnke, 2017
Global Co-CEO
L Catterton
Jane Dailey, 2015
President, Co-Founder, and Fashion Fairy Godmother
Hollywood Fashion Secrets
Diane Dietz, 2019
CEO and President
Rodan + Fields
Danielle DiFerdinando, 2016
Designer and Creative Director
Danielle Nicole
Mary Dillon, 2016
CEO
Ulta Beauty
Richard J. Durbin, 2015
U.S. Senator
Illinois
E
Jane Elfers, 2018
President and CEO
The Children’s Place, Inc.
Diane Ellis, 2019
Board Member and Former CEO
Chico’s
J. Michael Evans, 2019
Director and President
Alibaba Group
 
F
Helena Foulkes, 2018
Executive Vice President, President
CVS Health, CVS Pharmacy
Julia Fowler, 2015
Co-Founder
EDITED
Gary Friedman, 2016
Chairman and CEO
Restoration Hardware Holding Inc.
 
G
Michelle Gass, 2016
Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer
Kohl’s
Casey Gerald, 2015
Co-Founder and CEO
MBAs Across America
David Gilboa, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Warby Parker
Jim Gold, 2015
President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Neiman Marcus
Jason Goldberg, 2017
SVP, Content and Commerce
SapientRazorfish
Randy Goldberg, 2019
Co-Founder
Bombas Socks
Adam Goldenberg, 2018
Co-CEO
TechStyle Fashion Group
Charlotte Gould, 2019
CEO
Stitches by Charlotte
Kirsten Green, 2019
Founder and Managing Partner
Forerunner Ventures
H
Erin Harper, 2016
Senior Program Manager
Local Loan Produce Program
Jim Haslam, 2019
Founder and Philanthropist
Pilot Corporation
Dave Heath, 2019
Co-Founder
Bombas Socks
Paul Hennessy, 2018
CEO
Vroom
Jessica Herrin, 2016
Founder and CEO
Stella and Dot Family Brands
Kevin Hofmann, 2017
President, Online and Chief Marketing Officer
The Home Depot
Tonian Hohberg, 2015
President and CEO
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Chieh Huang, 2017
Co-Founder and CEO
Boxed Wholesale
Christine Hunsicker, 2017
Founder and CEO
Gywnnie Bee
I
Erin Izen, 2023
Senior Director, Workforce Programs
The Home Depot
J
Roslyn S. Jaffe, 2017
Co-Founder, Secretary, Director Emeritus
Ascena Retail Group
Shea Jensen, 2019
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience
Nordstrom
Amanda Johnson, 2019
Co-Founder
Mented Cosmetics
Bahja Johnson, 2023
Head of Customer & Community Belonging & Enablement
Gap Inc.
K
Jeff Kearl, 2018
CEO
Stance
Chris Kempczinski, 2022
President & CEO
McDonald's Corporation
Stephanie Korey, 2019
Co-Founder and CEO
AWAY
Ajay Kori, 2019
Co-Founder
UrbanStems
Philip Krim, 2020
Co-Founder and CEO
Casper
Suresh Kumar, 2023
Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer
Walmart
 
L
Katrina Lake, 2016
Founder and CEO
Stitch Fix
Michelle Lam, 2017
Co-Founder and CEO
True&Co
Michael Lastoria, 2018
Co-Founder,CEO and Creative Director
&pizza
David Lawenda, 2017
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions - US
Facebook
Kate Ross LeBlanc, 2018
Co-Founder and CEO
Saje Natural Wellness
Michael Levy, 2015
Founder and CEO
Pet Food Express
Wendy Liebmann, 2017
Founder, CEO and Chief Shopper
WSL Strategic Retail
Walter Loeb, 2016
President
Loeb Associates, Inc.
Drew Ann Long, 2017
Inventor
Caroline’s Cart
Steven Lowy, 2017
Co-CEO
Westfield Corporation
M
Steve Madden, 2023
Founder, Creative and Design Chief
Steve Madden
Jo Malone, 2019
Founder and Creative Director
Jo Loves
Lynn Marmer, 2015
Group Vice President for Corporate Affairs (Retired)
The Kroger Co.
Chris McCann, 2018
President and CEO
1-800-Flowers.com
Jim McIngvale, 2018
Owner and Philanthropist
Gallery Furniture
Toni M. Miller, 2017
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Finanical Officer
Boscov’s Department Store, LLC
KJ Miller, 2019
Co-Founder
Mented Cosmetics
David Moin, 2015
Senior Editor for Retail
Women’s Wear Daily
Neela Montgomery, 2022
Former Executive Vice President and President
CVS Health and CVS Pharmacy
Johnny Morris, 2015
Founder and Owner
Bass Pro Shops
N
Kyle Nel, 2016
Executive Director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Karin M. Norington-Reaves, 2018
CEO
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
 
 
O
Carley Ochs, 2018
Founder, CEO and Designer
Bourbon and Boweties
Shawn R. Outler, 2015
Group Vice President
Macy’s
 
 
P
Bea Perez, 2016
Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Greg Petro, 2016
President and CEO
First Insight
BG Gary M. Profit, 2015
Sr. Director of Military Programs
Walmart, Inc.
 
R
J. Paul Raines, 2015
CEO
Gamestop
Doug Rauch, 2016
Founder and President
Daily Table
Courtney Reagan, 2016
Retail Reporter
CNBC
Melissa Reiff, 2015
President and COO
The Container Store
James Reinhart, 2020
Co-Founder and CEO
ThredUp
Jason Del Rey, 2019
Senior Editor, Commerce and Executive Producer, Code Commerce
Recode
James Rhee, 2016
Executive Chairman and CEO
Ashley Stewart
Dominik Richter, 2017
Founder and CEO
HelloFresh Global
Alexis Ringwald, 2016
Co-Founder and CEO
LearnUp
Jennifer Rubio, 2019
Co-Founder and Brand Officer
AWAY
S
Al Sambar, 2016
Managing Partner
Kurt Salmon North American Retail Consumer Group
Greg Scott, 2018
CEO
New York and Company
Jeffery R. Sears, 2015
Founder and CEO
PIRCH
Tina Sharkey, 2019
Co-Founder and CEO
Brandless
Inventor and Founder
FreshPaper
Stormy Simon, 2016
President
Overstock.com
Sumit Singh, 2022
CEO
Chewy, Inc.
Jonathan Sokoloff, 2018
Managing Partner
Leonard Green & Partners
Gemma Sole, 2018
Co-Founder
Nineteenth Amendment
David Spector, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
ThirdLove
Debbie Sterling, 2016
Founder and CEO
GoldieBox
Rob Sweeney, 2018
Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking
Sycamore Partners
T
Carolyn Tastad, 2019
Group President, North America and Executive Sponsor, Gender Equality
P&G
Isabella Rose Taylor, 2015
Fashion Designer, Artist and Entrepreneur
Isabella Rose Taylor Fashions
Buddy Teaster, 2018
President and CEO
Soles4Souls
Dana Telsey, 2016
CEO and Chief Research Officer
Telsey Advisory Group
Marisa Thalberg, 2017
Chief Marketing Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
Barbara Thau, 2018
Contrbuting Retail Worker
Forbes.com
Susan Tynan, 2019
Founder and CEO
Framebridge
 
U
Mikaila Ulmer, 2017
Founder and CEO
Me & The Bees Lemonade
Hamdi Ulukaya, 2018
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Chobani LLC
Brittany Merrill Underwood, 2018
Founder and CEO
Akola Project
 
V
Deena Varshavskaya, 2015
Founder and CEO
Wanelo
 
 
 
W
Phil Wahba, 2017
Senior Writer
Fortune
Julie Wainwright, 2022
Founder and CEO
The RealReal
Tristan Walker, 2017
Founder and CEO
Walker and Company Brands
Kindley Walsh-Lawlor, 2016
Vice President, Global Sustainability
Gap, Inc.
Laysha Ward, 2016
President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
Target
Mark Warner, 2016
U.S. Senator
Virginia
Emily Weiss, 2018
Founder and CEO
Glossier
Monika Wiela, 2017
Founder and CEO
Give Back Box
Z
Heidi Zak, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
ThirdLove
Joey Zwillinger, 2019
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Allbirds