The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to news that REI
Chief Executive Officer and RILA Board Member Sally Jewell will be nominated
today by President Obama to serve as Secretary of the Interior.
“I applaud the President for selecting Sally for this important post. Her
thoughtful guidance and leadership have been tremendous assets to RILA and the
retail industry at-large,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “Sally is
a well-respected retail executive, with a remarkable commitment to REI’s
members, customers and employees. I have no doubt that she will guide the
Department of the Interior with the same vision and leadership with which she
Jewell has served on the RILA Board of Directors since January 2007.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. 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.