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Retirements spur shifts at Rite Aid

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has announced some big senior management changes, including the promotion of Bill Renz to senior vice president of category management and the retirement of industry veterans Tony Montini and Bill Bergin.

Renz, who joined Rite Aid in 1998 as director of general merchandise and photo, was named to his most recent role as group vice president of consumables and photo in 2014.

Before joining Rite Aid, Renz held various category management positions at Gray Drug-Fair, Sherwin Williams, Circuit City and Office Max. In his new role, Renz will report to Bryan Everett, chief operating officer of Rite Aid stores.

“Bill has worked in nearly every category of the retail drug store industry and has a tremendous ability to identify front-end items and product assortments that truly resonate with our valued customers,” Everett said. “Leveraging his extensive experience and deep knowledge of our business, we will continue to transform our front-end offering and deliver an outstanding Rite Aid experience.”

Rite Aid also named Ted Williams, previously vice president of general merchandise and seasonal, to be group vice president of consumables, general merchandise and seasonal. Bryan Shirtliff, who had been in charge of the company’s merchandising efforts, was named group vice president of health and beauty. And Nate Newcomer, previously vice president of category management support and front-end analysis, has been named the new group vice president of category management administration, financial analysis and replenishment. Williams, Shirtliff and Newcomer will all report to Renz.

“These changes position Rite Aid for the future and support our efforts to deliver an outstanding experience in our stores,” Everett said. “Ted, Bryan and Nate have played a key role in the success of our company, and we look forward to benefitting from their expertise and knowledge in their new roles.”

Montini has served as executive vice president of merchandising and distribution since 2011, after returning to the company in 2010 as senior vice president of category management. Bergin joined Rite Aid in 1999 and was named group vice president of health and beauty in 2009.

“Tony has built a strong culture of speed, innovation and collaboration across his team that has driven positive results,” Everett said. “Bill has also played a key role in the success of our company through his strong leadership and successful merchandising innovations that make many of our key health and beauty categories much easier to shop.


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