retailTRUST Trustees named in 100 most influential people in retail

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The annual Retail 100 index has been published by RWRC, celebrating leaders who are transforming retail, speaking out, innovating, making headlines and driving growth. 

retailTRUST Chairman Alistair McGeorge, and trustee Mike Logue have been announced as two of retail’s most influential leaders of 2020 in the Retail 100, an annual ranking published by RWRC – home of Retail Week and World Retail Congress.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Retail 100 highlights leaders who have prioritised people and purpose, and who have innovated, collaborated and operated with agility to meet unprecedented challenges.

This year, the Retail 100 – produced in association with Braze, ChannelAdvisor and Salesforce – has placed special emphasis on leaders who have stepped up in the face of the pandemic and made tough but necessary decisions in response.

Leaders from food and grocery – forced to accelerate their supply chains and adopt new business models to meet demand – dominate the top 30, with Tesco boss Dave Lewis retaining the top spot for a second year.

Pets at Home Group Chief Executive Officer and retailTRUST supporter Peter Pritchard has propelled 36 places compared to 2019 to rank 47th – the highest-riser – having admirably led his team through the crisis. Under Pritchard, Pets at Home launched a buddy network to support staff communication, initiatives to promote mental and physical wellbeing, introduced a £1m colleague relief package and donated £100,000 to retailTRUST’s CaRe20 appeal.

Representing the developing retail ecosystem, there are 23 new faces in this year’s list. They include those at the helm of emerging retailers and powerful direct-to-consumer brands such as Glossier founder Emily Weiss and Nike CEO John Donahoe, to key players shaping grocery and fashion, including Sainsbury’s new Chief Executive Simon Roberts and H&M Chief Executive Helena Helmersson.

Rishi Sunak – the highest placed new entry – also makes an appearance following a busy few months where the Chancellor has introduced measures showing he has got retailers in mind.

The Retail 100 also features more female leaders than ever before in the list’s history – 23, up from 18 last year – with Boohoo co-founder Carol Kane the highest placed woman in the list.

However, at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating headlines with brands urged to show solidarity, the list holds up a mirror to the lack of BAME representation in retail. Only 10 leaders in the Retail 100 are people of colour and only one is black.

Retail Week commercial content editor Megan Dunsby said: “You only need to look at the Retail 100 to understand what it takes to be a retail leader in 2020.

“In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances the sector finds itself in, the ranking shows how important it is for leaders to look after their workforce, maintain effective communication and to be a positive force and voice for the industry.

“Alongside people and purpose, increased gender diversity is one of the trends that characterises this year’s Retail 100. However, the lack of BAME and LGBTQ+ representation shows that the sector still has a long way to go to become truly inclusive.”