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Dodge to succeed Kennedy as head of retail leaders’ group

Outgoing president led RILA during the rise of online retail and fought policy battles ranging from swipe fees to sales taxes

Kennedy and DodgeKennedy, left, and Dodge

Oct. 25, 2019
By Walt Williams

Sandy Kennedy will end her 17-year-run as president of the $22 million-revenue Retail Industry Leaders Association by the end of the year, with COO Brian Dodge taking over the role on Jan. 1.

Kennedy, 61, announced her decision to retire in a letter to members on Oct. 22. First stepping into the position in 2002, she has led the association through a series of high-profile policy battles, from regulation of debit card swipe fees to state laws governing the collection of sales taxes for online purchases. She also oversaw the creation of RILA’s Retail Litigation Center in 2009 and moved the association’s offices closer to Capitol Hill earlier this year.