Todd Vasos named Dollar General COO; former Duane Reade exec joins Dollar General executive team

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Monday announced a number of senior management changes. Todd Vasos has been named COO with responsibility for store operations, merchandising and supply chain. And David D'Arezzo has joined the company as EVP and chief merchandising officer. 

"The alignment of our organization across store operations, merchandising and supply chain with the promotion of Todd to COO and the addition of David will create an even stronger management team and position us well for future growth," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. "Dollar General has strong management depth across the organization, which clearly understands our industry, our operations and our people. Now is the perfect time to strengthen that expertise with the addition of David to the team. Having personally experienced the impact he made at Duane Reade, I believe his vision, ability to drive results and deep experience across several industries will provide a unique perspective to Dollar General."

Vasos was most recently EVP and chief merchandising officer. Since joining the dollar store operator in December 2008, Vasos has implemented numerous merchandising initiatives key to Dollar General's growth, the company stated. He served previously as EVP and COO at Longs Drugs, the California-based pharmacy chain acquired by CVS in 2008. Prior to that, he served as SVP and chief merchandising officer at Longs. He also held leadership positions at Eckerd Drug and Phar-Mor Food and Drug. Vasos earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Western Carolina University.

D'Arezzo brings more than 30 years of retail and consumer product company experience across merchandising and operations. Most recently, D'Arezzo served as EVP and COO of Grocers Supply and previously served as SVP and chief merchandising officer for Duane Reade. D'Arezzo earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco and a master of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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