Rite Aid announces senior management changes across category management

Category management architects Tony Montini and Bill Bergin to retire

Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid on Friday named Bill Renz senior vice president category management, from his current role as group vice president of consumables and photo, in the wake of retirement announcements from Tony Montini, executive vice president of merchandising and distribution, and Bill Bergin, group vice president of health and beauty.

“Bill has worked in nearly every category of the retail drugstore industry and has a tremendous ability to identify front-end items and product assortments that truly resonate with our valued customers,” stated Bryan Everett, COO Rite Aid stores. “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.”

"These changes position Rite Aid for the future and support our efforts to deliver an outstanding experience in our stores.”

Other changes include Ted Williams, Rite Aid’s current vice president of general merchandise and seasonal, has been named group vice president of consumables, general merchandise and seasonal. Bryan Shirtliff, who currently leads the company’s merchandising efforts, has been named group vice president of health and beauty. And Nate Newcomer, Rite Aid’s current vice president of category management support and front-end analysis, has been named group vice president of category management administration, financial analysis and replenishment.

Williams, Shirtliff and Newcomer all will report to Renz.

“These changes position Rite Aid for the future and support our efforts to deliver an outstanding experience in our stores,” said Everett. “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 as we work to continue meeting the health and wellness needs of our customers and patients.”

Renz joined Rite Aid in 1998 as director of general merchandise and photo. He was promoted to vice president of general merchandise in 2000 and named to his current role in 2014. Before joining Rite Aid, Renz held various category management positions at Gray Drug-Fair, Sherwin Williams, Circuit City and Office Max. He will report to Everett.

With the changes, two of the architects who have helped shape Rite Aid's cutting-edge store format have announced their retirement. Montini has served in his current role since 2011, after returning to the company in 2010 as senior vice president of category management. He also served as senior vice president of category management from 2002 through 2003 and as vice president of purchasing from 1987 through 1989.

Bergin joined Rite Aid in 1999 and was named to his current role in 2009.

“Tony has built a strong culture of speed, innovation and collaboration across his team that has driven positive results. Bill has also played a key role in the success of our company, both through his strong leadership and successful merchandising innovations that make many of our key health and beauty categories much easier to shop," Everett said. "We appreciate Tony and Bill’s many outstanding contributions to Rite Aid over their nearly 30 years of combined service, and wish them well with their future plans.”
 

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