Pick n Pay boss is International Retailer of the Year

Nick Badminton, CEO of South Africa’s Pick ‘n Pay Stores, has been honoured with an international accolade for excellence in retail by the retail industry umbrella group, the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Badminton is set to receive the International Retailer of the Year Award, at a special ceremony to be held during the NRF’s Annual Convention taking place in New York, USA this week. The Award is given annually to an individual who has achieved international recognition for excellence in their native country.

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing more than 100 American and international retail associations. The 2009 NRF convention and expo which kicks of today is expected to attract more than 18 000 retail executives and vendors from more than 50 countries.

Badminton will be honoured alongside Michael Jeffries, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, who will receive the Gold Medal Award, which is given to individuals who have served the industry with distinction and achieved a reputation for excellence.

“Great leaders create great companies and we are thrilled to present Mr. Jeffries and Mr. Badminton with these awards,” said NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin. “Retailers who succeed in carving out a place for themselves in a world where there is so much competition should be commended,” she added.

Badminton’s career with Pick n Pay Stores spans three decades, starting with a position as a trainee manager in 1979. Climbing his way up the ladder, Badminton was appointed CEO in March 2007.

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