February 13, 2009, 12:00 AM

Retail industry group names government relations exec

The Retail Industry Leaders Association named John Emling senior vice president, government relations. Emling will manage the association’s federal government affairs and political outreach programs.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has hired John Emling as its senior vice president, government relations. Emling will manage the association’s federal government affairs and political outreach programs.

Emling was most recently deputy assistant to the president, Office of Legislative Affairs, at the White House. There, he oversaw the Senate Legislative Affairs Team and was the main liaison to Republican and Democratic leadership offices. He also developed, implemented and prioritized administrative legislation.

Before working at the White House, Emling was a deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also previously worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate and as a legislative affairs manager for the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

“We are thrilled to have John on our team. His reputation as a talented and thoughtful advocate makes him an invaluable asset to our organization and an effective champion for the retail industry,” says association president Sandy Kennedy.

In his new role, Emling will focus on government affairs-overseeing advocacy on issues involving supply chain, workforce, asset protection, finance and environmental sustainability.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, an organization of some 200 large retailers and consumer products companies, engages in research, education and lobbying.

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