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NCCR Names Rob Green New Executive Director

For Immediate Release
Scott Krugman (202)783-7971
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NCCR Names Rob Green New Executive Director

Washington, March 2, 2011 - The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), a division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), announced today that Rob Green has been appointed to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. A Capitol Hill veteran and long-time advocate for the restaurant industry, Green succeeds Jack Whipple, who retired earlier this year.

“With legislative and regulatory activity tied so closely to our economic recovery, chain restaurants need to be engaged as never before with industry stakeholders,” said Pat Sheehy, Director, Government Relations, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., and NCCR Chairman. “Rob Green's respected background and strong relationships with leaders in the restaurant industry and the federal government will serve NCCR well as we work together to implement our strategic objectives. We're confident Rob will give chain restaurants a strong voice with policymakers and deliver more value than ever for our members.”

Green most recently served as Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for NRF, where he focused on a number of key priorities including defeat of the controversial “Employee Free Choice Act” (card check) and support for debit card “swipe fee” reform. 

“Restaurants are an important segment of the retail industry,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “We see NCCR as a robust and active organization that represents the leaders in the restaurant industry. With Rob Green leading the charge, we will create an advocacy proposition that is consistent with the industry’s important economic contributions.”

Green came to NRF from the National Restaurant Association (NRA), where he was Vice President for Federal Relations, promoting the restaurant industry’s legislative and regulatory agenda in Washington. He has been recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the top small business lobbyists in the Nation’s Capital. 

Green also served as Workforce Policy Coordinator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, serving as the Committee’s chief labor policy strategist responsible for managing policy, legislation and personnel. Green’s experience also includes a variety of senior positions on Capitol Hill including Chief of Staff to Representative Bill Goodling (R-PA).

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to once again represent such a vital and innovative industry,” said Green. “I look forward to working closely with the NCCR Board to chart a course for the organization that will give the restaurant industry the association leadership that it truly deserves.”

For more than 40 years, the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include many of the country’s largest and most well-respected quick-serve and casual-dining companies. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.

As the world's largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2010 sales of $2.4 trillion. www.nrf.com

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