Rite Aid realigns management and streamlines operations

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Jim Peters and Jocelyn Konrad have left the company.

Rite Aid Corp. announced on Tuesday steps to realign its management team and streamline the company’s operations, including the elimination of the Rite Aid chief operating officer (COO) position and consolidation of its pharmacy leadership. As a result, Jim Peters, COO, and Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president and chief pharmacy officer, have left the company.

Heyward Donigan

Heyward Donigan

Karen Staniforth, senior vice president, clinical pharmacy services, will take on the title of chief pharmacy officer, which going forward will be focused specifically on centralized pharmacy operations in addition to her current responsibilities.

Andre Persaud, executive vice president and chief retail officer, will take over field operations for pharmacy as well as oversight of front-end operations. Staniforth, Persaud and Erik Keptner, senior vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer, will report directly to Heyward Donigan, Rite Aid’s president and CEO. In addition, Justin Mennen, executive vice president and CIO, will expand his responsibilities to include leadership of all digital and ecommerce and his new title is chief digital and technology officer.

“The changes we announced today are part of our ongoing efforts to reduce costs and remove layers,” said Donigan. “Karen, Andre, Erik and Justin have been instrumental in bringing our full suite of retail products and pharmacy services to our customers, and I look forward to working directly with them as we execute on our omni-pharmacy strategy.”

Donigan continued, “I also want to thank Jim and Jocy for their many contributions and wish them well in their future endeavors.”


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