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Bill Thorne will be the new communications and public affairs SVP at National Retail Federation, Washington, effective June 1.
Thorne currently is community affairs senior director at Walmart Corp. He was Walmart's advocacy outreach senior director, where he created the company's Corporate, Public, and Political Advocacy Network. Previously he was VP at DCI Group, where he led grassroots advocacy, public relations, and communications programming for association and corporate clients. Earlier he was political and legislative grassroots director at the American Medical Association.
He also worked in various political capacities with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and more than five years with U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm.
Thorne earned a bachelor's in journalism and political science at the University of Georgia. Details: www.nrf.com.