Retail group shuffles staff

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is shuffling staff following the resignation on Wednesday of Annette Guarisco, its top public affairs official.

RILA President Sandy Kennedy detailed the changes in a letter sent to the top executives of the organization's membership.

The trade group's public affairs shop will be split among its lobbying and communications arms, Kennedy said in the letter, which was obtained by The Hill. Bill Hughes has been promoted to executive vice president for government affairs and Brian Dodge to executive vice president for communications and strategic initiatives. They will each report to Kennedy.

“I wish to recognize the contributions to RILA that Annette made and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” Kennedy wrote.

A person close to the organization could not say where Guarisco would be headed or why she resigned.

The other shifts in the office promotes Joe Rinzel to senior vice president for state government affairs and moves Dave Garriepy from the group's federal lobbyists over to focusing on state and local work. Garriepy will still head up RILA’s political action committee and election spending. Adam Siegel will be working on the communications team led by Dodge, becoming the vice president of sustainability and compliance.