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NACDS Annual Meeting business program speakers named

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen and former Dallas Federal Reserve chief Richard Fisher are slated as speakers at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting later this month.

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Ret. Marine Gen. John Allen and ex-Dallas Fed Chief Richard Fisher

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Friday that Allen, who served in key leadership roles related to the Middle East and Asia, will speak at the business program on Sunday, April 23. Fisher, who was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015, will speak at the business program on Tuesday, April 25.

The NACDS Annual Meeting runs April 22 to 25 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“Gen. Allen and Richard Fisher helped to write the history that now serves as prologue for current events and for the future of the nation and of the world,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said in a statement. “Their remarks will give NACDS Annual Meeting attendees an unsurpassed geopolitical radar for the international and domestic dynamics that are developing right now. When you think about the nation’s relationships with the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world, these are the people we need to hear from.”

Allen was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. He also has served as deputy director of U.S. Central Command and as the principal director of Asian and Pacific affairs for the Office of the Secretary Defense.

Fisher served as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, chairman of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents and chairman of the IT Oversight Committee. Previously, he served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative with the rank of ambassador, responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico and Canada. He also served as vice chairman of the strategic advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates, in partnership with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Allen and Fisher will join political strategist Karl Rove as an NACDS Annual Meeting speaker. Last month, NACDS announced that Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, is set to speak at the NACDS Political Action Committee Breakfast on Monday, April 24.


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