Carleen Kohut

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Carleen Kohut is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Retail Federation. Kohut is a member of NRF’s executive staff which is responsible for the execution of NRF’s strategic mission. As EVP and COO, Kohut is responsible for the operations of NRF’s revenue generating activities as well as internal support operations. 

Kohut also serves as NRF’s liaison to the retail industry’s senior financial executives. In this capacity she works with industry leaders to exchange information, create benchmarks and develop forums for education and research.

Prior to joining NRF, Kohut served as CFO and senior financial executive for trade associations in the telecommunications and natural gas industries. She also served as a supervisor in Ernst & Young’s (formerly Ernst & Whinney) public utility group.

Kohut graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in accounting and holds an MBA from Marymount University.