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NRF hires senior policy counsel; names VP of government relations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) has hired Paul G. Martino as VP and senior policy counsel, and promoted Beth Provenzano to VP for federal government relations. Martino and Provenzano will work with the NRF Government Relations Department and focus on emerging public policy priorities, including data security, payments, mobile and e-commerce, privacy and patent reform.

Martino joins NRF from the Washington office of the national law firm Alston & Bird LLP, where he served as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice. He has worked with the retail community as a consultant to NRF on a number of retail industry issues since 2008. Before joining the firm, Martino served as majority counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee and principal advisor on privacy and e-commerce to its Chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

Provenzano has been with NRF since 2011. She has been leading the retail industry’s efforts on patent litigation reform and continues to play a role in the debate over swipe fees. Before joining NRF, she served as deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate and staffed Senators John Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, and Bob Graham, D-Florida.

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Safeway releases sustainability report

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pleasanton, Calif. – Safeway has released its sixth annual sustainability report, informed by the Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines. The online report, titled "Heart of Safeway," includes 2013 performance highlights such as hiring 1,833 military veterans and scoring 100% in the Human Rights Campaign Buyer’s Guide and Corporate Equality Index

Other highlights include:

• Helped 65% of employees and health plan participants enrolled in the company’s Healthy Measures program to improve their cholesterol level from the previous year.

• Achieved No. 2 ranking on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood retail scorecard.

• Continued to make progress in sourcing seafood sustainably, surpassing the 51% milestone toward having all fresh and frozen seafood responsibly caught or farmed by the end of 2015.

• Announced a sustainable sourcing policy for palm oil and a goal to source 1 million pounds of sustainable palm oil in 2014.

• Progressed toward its 2015 goal to eliminate 1 billion plastic and paper bags in its stores, announcing that it already eliminated over 300 million bags since 2011.

• Set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 versus a 2010 baseline.

• Saved more than 75 million gallons of water across its stores.

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Stuart Weitzman names digital head

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC has named Monica Schwartz as chief global digital and e-commerce officer. In this newly created position, Schwartz will oversee all aspects of global e-commerce and digital strategies for the stuartweitzman.com platforms in the United States, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, as well as the soon-to-be-launched e-commerce site in China.

Schwartz brings onboard more than 15 years of experience and digital knowledge in the luxury retail and technology sectors, having previously built and led the e-commerce team at David Yurman. Prior to David Yurman, Schwartz was at EBay, where she was responsible for the strategy and launch of the flash sales platform.

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