Amazon’s Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Named NRF’s Gold Award Recipient

  Amazon’s Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Named NRF’s Gold Award Recipient

 -NRF Board Members Recognize Amazon, Crocs, Kohl’s, lululemon as Innovators,
                         Leaders in Retail Industry-

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- December 19, 2012

The National Retail Federation is pleased to announce that Amazon (NASDAQ:
AMZN), Crocs, Kohl’s and lululemon are the recipients of its prestigious
annual awards. The award winners are selected each year by select members of
the NRF Board who comprise its Award Committee. The recipients, each company’s
top ranking executive, will accept their awards during the Annual Retail
Industry Luncheon at NRF’s Annual Convention and EXPO, Retail’s BIG Show, on
Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The BIG Show will be held at the Jacob Javits
Center in New York City, January 13-16, 2013. Donna Karan, chief designer,
Donna Karan New York and founder, Urban Zen, will be the guest speaker for the
industry luncheon.

“In this highly competitive industry, it’s important for retailers to continue
to evolve with their customers’ expectations, while also thinking outside the
box when it comes to innovation and consumer value,” said NRF President and
CEO Matthew Shay. “We know we don’t have to look far to find our award winners
each year as retailers are some of the most ground-breaking companies in the
world, setting examples for other industries in customer service and
experience, innovation and leadership. We applaud our winners this year and
are thrilled to honor them in front of their peers.”

Gold Medal Award: Amazon Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos

The Gold Medal is the most coveted award in retail, given to an individual who
has served the industry with distinction and achieved a national reputation
for excellence. The recipient has also displayed creative genius and
inspirational leadership and has won the respect of fellow merchants for
devotion to the retail craft. This year’s recipient of the Gold Medal Award is
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Founded in 1994, Amazon’s mission
is to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Under Bezos’ leadership,
Amazon continues to re-invent both itself and entire industries. Amazon
operates a global online retail business with low prices and fast delivery on
millions of items, designs and builds the bestselling Kindle e-readers and
tablets, and offers a world-class digital media ecosystem with over 22 million
movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, and books. Amazon even empowers
companies and governments in over 190 countries around the world with the
leading cloud computing infrastructure through its Amazon Web Services

Retail Innovator of the Year: Crocs, Inc., President and CEO, John McCarvel

The recipient of this award has successfully distinguished himself as a retail
pioneer through the use of new, innovative or imaginative techniques, formats
or service. Furthermore, this individual has demonstrated an ability to
sustain and build this concept in the face of challenges.

John  P. McCarvel has served as chief executive officer and president of
Crocs, Inc. since 2010. Prior to this appointment, McCarvel served as Crocs
chief operating officer and executive vice president since October 2006, in
which time he was instrumental in building the company’s global operations
infrastructure, global wholesale and direct to consumer channels, as well as
spearheading Crocs’ Asian business operations. McCarvel previously served as
senior vice president for global product development and operations from
October 2005 to September 2006, and vice president of Crocs’ Asia division
from January 2005 to September 2005, after first serving as a consultant to
the company in 2004.

Prior to joining Crocs, McCarvel spent four years as the Asian vice president
for the design, test and semiconductor division of Flextronics, Inc., where he
responsible for establishing and growing the company’s product development
infrastructure throughout the Asian market.

International Retailer of the Year: lululemon athletica CEO, Christine Day

This award is given annually to an individual who has achieved international
recognition for excellence in their native country and internationally.

Christine Day has been chief executive officer of lululemon athletica since
June 2008. As CEO, Day is responsible for creating and executing lululemon
athletica’s long -term business strategies, directing the company’s continued
development, and reinforcing lululemon’s position as a global leader of
yoga-inspired women’s athletic apparel. Day joined the lululemon team in
January 2008 as executive vice president, retail operations, where she oversaw
retail operations in North America and internationally.

Prior to lululemon, Day spent 20 years at Starbucks where she held several key
senior management positions and learned the intricacies of high-growth
business development in a strong cultural company.

Day has a BA degree from Central Washington University and is a graduate of
Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. She is currently a
director of Select Comfort Corporation, a provider of adjustable-firmness beds
and other sleep-related accessory products.

Silver Plaque: Kohl’s Senior Executive Vice President of Logistics, Ken

The Silver Plaque Award is presented to a senior executive with an NRF member
company or retail-related organization who has achieved prominence in his or
her individual field and, who has shown outstanding leadership in his or her
NRF council or Committee work, making a major contribution to the retail
industry and/or to NRF.

Kenneth Bonning was promoted to senior executive vice president at Kohl’s in
May 2011 and is responsible for logistics and information systems. He
previously served as executive vice president, logistics, facilities and store
planning from October 2006 to May 2011 and as executive vice president,
logistics from February 2004 to October 2006. Bonning joined Kohl’s as senior
vice president, logistics in January 2001 and has more than 20 years
experience in the retail industry. Bonning is the former chairman of NRF’s
Strategic Supply Chain Council and played an instrumental role in the
planning, implementation and launch of NRF’s Global Supply Chain Summit in May
of 2011.

Retail’s BIG Show and EXPO serve as the world's leading retail event, bringing
25,500 retail executives and vendors from more than 75 countries together for
educational and networking opportunities. The convention has been ranked as
one of the Top 200 events in North America, as well as one of the 50
fastest-growing events. Other speakers at Retail’s BIG Show 2013 include
executives from Coca-Cola, Starbucks, The Container Store and Whole Foods.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail
worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain
restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45
countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments
that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.
Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the
nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic
importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation
and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation.

NRF is pleased to grant complimentary registration to editorial staff members
of the press, as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. Click here
to register online for the NRF’s 2012 Annual Convention & EXPO, or call Kathy
Grannis at (202) 626-8189.


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