Wilson exits Chamber to join National Retail Federation

WASHINGTON: The National Retail Federation has hired Katie Wilson as VP of communications. She will exit her role as senior director of communications and strategy at the US Chamber of Commerce to take the position.

WASHINGTON: The National Retail Federation has hired Katie Wilson as VP of communications. She will exit her role as senior director of communications and strategy at the US Chamber of Commerce to take the position.

Her first day at the organization is April 9. Wilson will oversee the group's various communication vehicles and help advance advocacy priorities most important to the retail community. A priority will be making sure the retail industry's voice is heard during Washington discussions on corporate tax reform and trade.

She will replace Ellen Davis, who was just promoted to SVP and executive director of the NRF Foundation.

“It really is a perfect marriage between my personal and professional interest,” Wilson said. “I just couldn't pass it up.” She added that she is unsure about the Chamber's plans for her position once she leaves the group.

While at the Chamber, Wilson helped to develop and launch the “Campaign for Free Enterprise” and the “Project for Regulatory Reform.” Before joining the communications division, Wilson managed all communications for the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center.

Previously, Wilson was an associate at Gallatin Public Affairs in Portland, OR. She has also worked in the Office of the Vice President in the administration of President George W. Bush.

The NRF is also progressing in its search for a replacement for Tita Freeman, former SVP of communications, according to a representative at the organization. The NRF hopes to have someone in place by May to replace Freeman, who joined the Business Roundtable.

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