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NRF Foundation elects HSNi's Grossman as chair

Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, January 14, 2013

New York - The NRF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation, today announced that Mindy Grossman, ceo of multi-channel retailer HSNi, was elected as the new chair of its board of directors.

Set to serve a two-year term, Grossman replaces Kip Tindell, chairman and ceo of The Container Store.

"With over three decades of retail experience, Mindy is a perfect example of the opportunities that exist within our industry. I can't think of anyone better suited to guide the NRF Foundation as we begin our journey to cultivate the next generation of retail leaders," said Ellen David, NRF Foundation executive director.

Grossman is credited with leading the transformation of HSNi into a lifestyle network, diversifying its portfolio of brands and personalities and forging relationships between the entertainment and retail communities. She has evolved the traditional TV network into a multiplatform business and today, is a top-10 most trafficked e-commerce site, with digital accounting for more than 35% of HSN's total revenues.

Prior to taking HSNi public in 2008, Grossman had been ceo of IAC Retailing, a division of Interactive Corporation. A 35-year veteran of the retail industry, she previously served as a corporate officer and global vice president of Nike Inc., and led Nike's $4 billion apparel business from 2000 to 2006.

In addition Grossman's leection, NRF Foundation also elected three new executives to serve on its board. They are:

  • Bill Brand, executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development, HSN;
  • Audrey Robertson, vice president of cultural programs, community relations and social media, The Container Store, Inc.;

  • Anne Voller, vice president of talent acquisition, Macy's, Inc.


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