Chief merchant Coleman exits CVS

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health senior vice president of merchandising George Coleman has left the company to be with his wife in Italy.

“It’s not an easy decision, but it’s a decision driven by my heart,” Coleman wrote in a letter addressed to suppliers. “Many of you are familiar with my story. Three years ago I married my wife, an Italian citizen. Despite our best attempts, we’ve been unable to consistently live together in the United States. We’ve spent the last three years hopping back and forth across the Atlantic for extended stays and visits, but we’re married and want to be with each other every day. One of the silver linings of the pandemic was that I was able to work from Europe and shift my workday to accommodate an East Coast schedule, but that’s not a sustainable approach to balancing my personal and professional life.

“It’s been a tough choice to make, especially given the timing of Neela Montgomery’s arrival as president of CVS Pharmacy. Neela’s fantastic, and I firmly believe she’s the right person to lead our retail organization into the future. Her background in e-commerce and omnichannel is exactly what we need. I know she’s looking forward to spending time getting to know you now as we ease back into a normal business ­environment.

“I have always enjoyed my interactions with the supplier community. You all have taught me so much and have been such great partners to me and my teams that I just want to say thank you. CVS Health is a wonderful company and, though it pains me to leave, I know in my heart I’m doing the right thing.”

Coleman was named as Mass Market Retailer’s sister publication’s Chain Drug Review 2020 Merchant of the Year. He joined CVS in late 2012 as vice president of merchandising.


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