Lowe’s CEO named RILA chairman

The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced Robert A. Niblock, chairman and CEO of Lowe’s Cos., as chairman of the RILA board of directors.

The elections were held at RILA’s Annual Leadership Forum in Naples, Fla.

Niblock, who was previously the vice chairman, takes over for Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, who served as chairman since 2005. Anderson will remain on the board.

“A strong retail industry is vital to the strength of the American economy,” said Niblock. “I am honored to have been selected as chairman and look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to strengthen our industry, support economic growth and best serve our customers.”

In related news, John B. Menzer, who recently announced his retirement as chief administrative officer of Wal-Mart Stores, will be retiring as vice chairman of RILA’s board of directors, as will Robert Stevenish, president and COO of Modell’s Sporting Goods.

RILA focuses on issues related to work force, supply chain, finance, asset protection and issues that span the entire retail enterprise, including sustainability and information technology, with a membership that includes eight of the 10 largest U.S. retailers.