RILA Welcomes New Communications Pro

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today welcomed Melissa Sharp Murdock as Vice President of Communications and Media Relations.

Murdock joins RILA from WorldatWork, the total rewards association, where she served as the director of external affairs from 2012-2019 overseeing the association’s public policy, public affairs, and media relations activities. Prior to WorldatWork, she spent 6 years at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in their media department.

“Melissa brings great communications and business experience to the RILA team,” said RILA Executive Vice President of Communications & State Affairs Jason Brewer. “We’re excited to have her on board and know she’ll be a tremendous asset as we continue to be vocal advocates for the retail industry and our members.”

As part of RILA’s communications team, Murdock will serve as the Association’s primary media contact and will provide strategic communications guidance on the industry’s key focus areas.

“I look forward to representing the retail industry on so many critical issues that are having a significant impact on the global economy,” said Murdock.   
RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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