The Seattle-area drug chain said Demeules brings a strong background in human resources planning, strategy and functions and will lead HR throughout the Bartell organization, representing the needs of more than 1,700 employees.
Demeules previously held HR positions at coffee house chain Starbucks and at Savers, a 200-store international thrift store chain.
“We are excited to have Cindy join our Bartell team,” Brian Unmacht, president and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, said in a statement. “Her experience and passion will enhance Bartell’s commitment to our employees and help take our employee experience to the next level.”
Demeules spent nearly a decade at Starbucks, where she provided HR support across the company, including the $15 billion Americas retail organization. She led a range of HR initiatives that supported the achievement of business goals in North America and Latin America, achieving year-over-year goals for reducing turnover, two-year manager stability, partner satisfaction and talent development, according to Bartell.
At Savers, Demeules served as global director of field human resources for five years. She was responsible for developing a unified HR approach chainwide for more than 9,000 employees in an organization that generated $500 million in annual sales.
Also in her career, Demeules served in HR director roles in the hospitality industry and with a Bellevue, Wash., start-up.