November 14, 2014

Being a mentor and paying it forward is one of the more critical roles of a leader, noted Jill Turner-Mitchael, Sam’s Club SVP health-and-wellness, who hails from Texas and has piloted Sam’s Club’s journey toward becoming a healthcare destination center. 

November 14, 2014

For Jocelyn Wong, SVP, chief marketing officer of Family Dollar, challenging the status quo is what she strives toward each day.

November 14, 2014

CVS Health’s Judy Sansone is widely regarded as a straight-shooting, savvy merchant with experience at various ends of the business. Today she serves as SVP, merchandising and personalization for CVS Health. 

November 14, 2014

Judy Wray  is helping to reinvent the beauty experience at Rite Aid. The chain’s beauty department’s new look features a much more interactive experience and the addition of more prestige cosmetic and skin care lines. Also in select stores, Rite Aid Beauty Advisors — specially trained to assist shoppers with all the beauty brands Rite Aid carries —  offer demonstrations and education. 

November 14, 2014

What happens when you take two cultures, both customer-focused and willing to embrace change to better the business, and blend them together? That’s the big project on the desk of Kathleen WilsonThompson, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s designated EVP and global chief human resources officer, who will be working to bring “let’s feel good” to “the corner of Happy and Healthy.”

November 13, 2014

If Carmen Bauza of Walmart could turn back time to the start of her career, she would give herself the same advice her father-in-law instilled in here: Find something you have a passion for, stay focused and be great at it. 

 
November 13, 2014

Christina Hennington, SVP health and beauty at Target, grew up in Sweden and Norway, which she credits for her strong values and work ethic. “My values and my work ethic stem from my Scandinavian roots. I strive for excellence in my work, but place a premium on integrity, fairness and treating people with respect,” she said.

November 13, 2014

Today, she champions the ability for pharmacists to practice at the top of their license for one of the more progressive retail pharmacy chains, but Debbie Garza, divisional VP government relations at Walgreens, got her start on the beauty side of the business.

November 13, 2014

Because retail pharmacy represents the frontlines of health care today, the drug store operator who best connects to their customer/patient base gains a significant competitive advantage. That means willing with people. 

“Our business imperative is an intentional connection to our customers and patients for all that supports healthier lives,” Dedra Castle told DSN

November 13, 2014

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo once told Eileen Howard Boone: “Never give up on success. Stay committed to winning, and don’t be deterred by obstacles. They make you stronger and more creative. Be persistent and do what it takes to win — the right way.” 

November 13, 2014

If she could go back in time and talk to a younger Helena Foulkes, just getting started in her career — there’s just two words she would have for her: “Chill out.” 

November 13, 2014

“It’s not just the goal that’s important, it’s how you get there.” That’s the compass that guides Ahold’s Joanne Leonardi, who identifies the direction for the grocer’s health-and-wellness offerings. 

November 13, 2014

Jody Pinson started her career with Walmart 24 years ago. Her father was in the retail industry as well. So, you could say it’s in her blood.

November 13, 2014

Lynne Fruth, the youngest daughter of Fruth Pharmacy’s founder, Jack Fruth, grew up in the family business. “My first job in the industry was as a kid passing handbills door to door and wrapping gifts in our first store,” she said.

November 13, 2014

There is only one thing you have full control of in your life — your own character. That’s one of the many important lessons Mary Kelly ever learned from her parents, she told DSN. And it clearly carries over into her leadership role today at Rexall Pharma Plus.

November 13, 2014

Nancy Gagliano has always been passionate about helping people live healthier lives — a devotion that led her to primary care and ultimately to CVS Health’s MinuteClinic.

 
November 13, 2014

“When you get a seat at the table, use it — and be fearless.” That’s a key piece of advice shared by Walgreens’ Shannon Curtin, and for those who know Curtin, they are words she lives by.

 
November 13, 2014

Sona Chawla, in her role as president of digital and chief marketing officer at Walgreens, is the architect who has effectively molded the Walgreens brand so that it fits into their customer’s apirations. “[It] is all about creating customer loyalty through the right customer experiences, initiatives and campaigns across all channels,” she told DSN

November 13, 2014

Susan Henderson, Rite Aid SVP and chief communications officer, is in charge of managing the message for the third-largest retail pharmacy chain in the nation. Henderson manages corporate communications — including media relations, financial communications, issues management, associate and supplier communications — as well as the company’s charitable giving initiatives, including the Rite Aid Foundation. 

April 27, 2014

On April 25, this group of senior executives and keynote speaker — Walmart SVP OTC, health and wellness Carmen Bauza — gathered for the latest Elevation Forum the day prior to the kickoff of NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

December 3, 2013

The 15th annual Industry Issues Summit, presented by The Drug Store News Group on Dec. 3, proved to be a powerful, all-star lineup as some of the top minds in pharmacy retailing gathered for a candid discussion of the top issues and trends impacting the industry.

January 10, 2013

More than a dozen executives in Walmart’s merchandising organization, including several with key healthcare responsibilities, will begin the new fiscal year with different responsibilities following a restructuring.

June 23, 2012

“Show me white spaces and create [value] that I don’t already have.” That’s what one retailer polled by the Mack Elevation Forum said regarding what suppliers need to do to score a win. And that may be both the challenge and the opportunity for suppliers today as they prepared for NACDS Marketplace meetings.