Matt Shay

From the moment he took the reins of the National Retail Federation a year ago, Matt Shay has been intent on increasing the sleepy trade association’s Washington footprint to match the industry’s economic importance. So it’s perhaps no surprise that for his first campaign he’s wading into one of the hottest lobbying battles in town: the swipe fee debate. Retailers and merchants — who supply one in five U.S. jobs and account for about two-thirds of the nation’s economic activity — are pushing lawmakers to oppose legislation sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester

The National Retail Federation announced Tuesday that it has named Matt Shay its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Tracy Mullin. Shay comes to NRF from the International Franchise Association.

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