The Visionary

The Visionary, the National Retail Federation’s most prestigious honor, recognizes one awe-inspiring leader each year whose long record of spearheading change inspires a chorus of “wows.” 

Meet the The Visionary 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Michelle Gass (2020)

Occasionally a leader comes along who is ready to face any challenge and turn it into an opportunity; and not just an opportunity, but into remarkable success. Michelle Gass was selected for her success in driving momentum in the Kohl’s business and fostering a culture of innovation and inspiration among Kohl’s associates.

Michelle Gass’ willingness to take risks and make more meaningful, personalized connections with customers has cultivated a brand that inspires us all.

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Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss
Chip Bergh (2019)

Chip Bergh’s pioneering leadership navigated Levi Strauss & Co. through an incredible transformation, seizing opportunities to grow the business, foster innovation and champion sustainability initiatives while leaning on the iconic brand’s deep heritage and values.

Doug McMillon, the President and Chief Executive of Walmart, amongst produce
Doug McMillon (2018)

As president and CEO of Walmart, Doug McMillon leads a strong management team that helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. 

Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO of NIKE, in his office
Mark Parker (2017)

Long before he was named Chairman, President and CEO of NIKE Inc., Mark Parker was leading the company in other ways. For more than 30 years, he’s brought innovative concepts and engineering expertise to Nike.