Ladies and gentlemen, retail has spoken. On Fortune’s coveted Businessperson of the Year list, retail leaders hold four of the top ten spots – more than any other industry. What an incredible testament to the power, ingenuity and leadership among us.
Congratulations to these four executives, who were honored by Fortune earlier this week:
- Howard Schultz – Founder and CEO, Starbucks (#1). Schultz has restored the coffee company to its greatness, the article says, but has also been making news as a result of his comments on “dysfunction” in Washington and his call for a boycott on political campaign contributions. Don’t miss David Kaplan’s great cover story on Schultz.
- Jeffrey Bezos – Founder and CEO, Amazon (#2). The Kindle Fire is just one of the reasons that Bezos landed the #2 spot, according to Fortune. As a CEO, Bezos is “engaged” and “shareholder-friendly” and there are several opportunities for company growth on the horizon.
- James Skinner – Vice Chairman and CEO, McDonald’s (#5). Since Skinner took the helm at McDonald’s in 2004, company revenue has increased 5% a year through new products that rival Starbucks and healthier menu options. And of course, all that growth means more jobs – 62,000 of which came in the month of April.
- Tim Cook – CEO, Apple (#8). After inheriting “the world’s most valuable technology company” from Steve Jobs, Cook has opportunities to grow one of America’s most-loved brands even more.
And the accolades don’t end there. Other retail executives who were recognized as one of the top 50 businesspeople in America include:
- Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts (#39)
- Costco’s James Sinegal (#19)
- Dollar Tree’s Bob Sasser (#32)
- Lululemon’s Christine Day (#23)
- PetSmart’s Robert Moran (#36)
- Ralph Lauren Corp’s Ralph Lauren (#17)
- TJX’s Carol Meyrowitz (#31)
- Walmart’s Mike Duke (#29)
- Whole Foods’ John Mackey and Walter Robb (#22)
As NRF works to promote the value of retail and the innovation that lies within our industry, these executives each serve as an example of the opportunity, promise and achievement that a career in retail allows.