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Influential Women: Claudine Adamo, Costco

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — As executive vice president of merchandising at Costco Wholesale Corp., Claudine Adamo leads the team that finds and often helps develop the products that bring members back to the company’s warehouse clubs again and again, often spending more than they planned because of the extraordinary values and treasure-hunt finds that are on

Influential Women: Monica Arnaudo, Ulta

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty continues to produce strong sales and profits by giving customers what they want. That’s exactly Monica Arnaudo’s superpower as the chief merchandising officer for the nation’s largest beauty retailer. “We’re proud to be a place where beauty lovers can discover the brands and products that unlock limitless possibilities to express

Influential Women: Shweta Bhatia, Dollar General

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — With more than 20 years in the retail industry, Shweta Bhatia, senior vice president of information technology applications and base engineering, leads Dollar General’s technology development, overseeing the implementation and management of all the retailer’s IT infrastructure systems and platforms. “In all my roles, I’ve had the privilege of driving strategic value

Influential Women: Tracey Brown, Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As executive vice president and president of Walgreens Retail and the company’s chief customer officer, Tracey Brown’s mission is clear: to make Walgreens the most convenient health and wellness destination with the most trusted offerings across the health care continuum. Leading Walgreens’ $30 billion retail business, Brown’s role is critical in sculpting

Influential Women: Melanie Cook, Dollar General

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — As senior vice president and assistant general counsel for labor and employment at Dollar General, it’s Melanie Cook’s responsibility to manage the company’s legal risks and help navigate and implement the company’s strategic plans and initiatives. And when those plans include extensive growth — the company has increased its store count by

Influential Women: Joy Errico, Rite Aid

PHILADELPHIA — Joy Errico has led Rite Aid’s internal and external communications team for more than two years, driving consumer and corporate messaging and crisis communications. She also recently took on the role of president of Rite Aid Healthy Futures, a public charity dedicated to uplifting communities through equitable access to the things they need

Influential Women: Kiera Fernandez, Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Kiera Fernandez was promoted to executive vice president and chief community impact and equity officer of Target last October. Her new role gives her oversight of external stakeholder engagement as well as the retailer’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and corporate philanthropy efforts, including the Target Foundation. Fernandez, who reports to Matt Zabel,

Influential Women: Christina Hennington, Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Christina Hennington was named Target’s chief growth officer in February 2021, capping an impressive career with the retailer that began in 2003 as a buyer and that has seen her rise through a succession of merchandising leadership roles. In her current position, Hennington leads the merchant teams responsible for Target’s five key merchandising

Influential Women: Heather Hughes, Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Over the course of a 23-plus-year career at Walgreens, Heather Hughes has demonstrated an extraordinary range of talents that have enabled her to easily move across different areas of the business. Hughes joined Walgreens in 2000 as a pharmacist and within a few months moved up to pharmacy manager. In 2007, though,

Influential Women: Tracey James, Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Tracey James decided she wanted to be a pharmacist while in college, driven by a profound desire to help people. That aspiration continues to motivate James in her current role as chief operating officer of Walgreens enterprise specialty. “One of the things I love about being a pharmacist is the evolving science

Influential Women: Lindsay Knoop, Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — As senior vice president of business transformation, Lindsay Knoop is driving forward the largest transformational project in Hy-Vee history. In 2023, Knoop was tapped to lead the planning and execution of Hy-Vee’s new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The system will combine hundreds of Hy-Vee’s existing business applications into one

Influential Women: Pamela Kohn, Rite Aid

PHILADELPHIA — As chief merchandising officer for Rite Aid, Pamela Kohn is responsible for front-end strategies in assortment, innovation, customer presentation and space optimization, pricing, promotions, and private label development. Her mission, she says, is to “transform and modernize the merchandising organization in order to elevate the Rite Aid customer experience and ­engagement.” Kohn’s team

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