CAMP HILL, Pa. Gary Mansuy, senior director of merchandising for Rite Aid, received the company’s highest honor, the President’s Award, posthumously at the company’s recent annual management conference and supplier exhibition last month, the chain announced Thursday.
”Gary was someone we always trusted to do the right thing. He consistently demonstrated integrity, talent and met every performance standard,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “He was a person of action, not just words, and worked tirelessly with corporate planners, regional vice presidents, store merchandisers and store managers to reap the best possible results.
“I had so much respect for Gary on a personal and professional basis,” stated Jim Mastrian, Rite Aid special advisor on corporate strategy who, as Rite Aid’s former chief operating officer, worked closely with Mansuy. “He was more than a business associate to me. Gary was a man of action. He didn’t say much, his actions spoke louder than his words. I loved his style, no fancy words and no idle promises. He simply got the job done, the right way.”
Rite Aid’s President’s Award was established to honor a Rite Aid associate who consistently demonstrates high standards of performance, talent, integrity, a positive attitude, creativity and the willingness to meet challenges that arise.
A U.S. Navy Veteran, Mansuy joined the Rite Aid team in 1970 as a store manager in Hoboken, N.J. He was promoted to district supervisor and then division manager, where he oversaw 130 stores. Mansuy moved to corporate headquarters in the early 90’s and held various positions in operations and merchandising.
Most recently, as senior director of merchandising, Gary played an integral role in developing merchandising reset plans for the integration of the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains, recently acquired by Rite Aid. Mansuy, a resident of Lewisberry, Pa., passed away June 21 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Patti as well as two daughters, a son and a step-daughter.