RILA names former GM exec as public affairs VP

Arlington, Va. –The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has named Annette Guarisco as executive VP for public affairs, effective Oct. 1. Guarisco will oversee RILA’s federal and state government affairs, as well as the association’s communications efforts.

Guarisco joins RILA following more than 11 years as a senior executive at General Motors, most recently serving as executive director of global public policy.

Guarisco replaces Katherine Lugar, who left RILA earlier this year to become president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.