Ken Martindale appointed president, COO of Rite Aid
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Fresh off its third consecutive profitable quarter, Rite Aid has appointed Ken Martindale as president and COO, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.
Martindale, who is currently SVP and COO, as well as president of the Rite Aid Foundation, will assume the new position effective immediately. John Standley will continue as chairman and CEO.
In August, Martindale will be featured as a speaker at a special event sponsored by the Mack Elevation Forum and Drug Store News Group at the Total Store Expo in Las Vegas, delivering a presentation that focuses on how attendees can reimagine and reinvent their businesses. Martindale’s leadership has been a key part of Rite Aid’s transformation, particularly the Wellness+ loyalty card program and the Wellness store format.
"Since becoming our COO in 2010, Ken has continued to play a significant role in helping the company improve its overall performance and return to profitability," Standley said. "Ken’s appointment as president and COO is an opportunity for Rite Aid to further leverage his exceptional leadership skills, broad operating experience and strategic capabilities as we continue to focus on successfully growing our business."
Rite Aid announced last week its third consecutive profitable quarter, as well as the launch of the largest extension to its Wellness+ loyalty card program, Wellness65+.
Martindale, who has worked in retailing for more than 35 years, previously worked as co-president and chief merchandising and marketing officer for Pathmark Stores before starting at Rite Aid as senior EVP merchandising, marketing and logistics, in December 2008.
Perrigo names new assistant category manager for Perrigo Nutritionals
ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Monday promoted Emily Hiller to assistant category manager for the category management team at Perrigo Nutritionals in Gordonsville, Va. In this role, Hiller will be responsible for developing category overviews to support corporate and customer specific presentations and product documentation. She also will develop direct mail and e-coupon programs, support social media projects and track category conversions.
Hiller brings to her position two years of marketing knowledge in the consumer packaged goods industry, familiarity with the product development process and an understanding of product promotion through social media tools, Perrigo stated.
Hiller earned her bachelor’s in marketing management from Virginia Tech. Hiller is from and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va.
Eyeing growth opportunity, Kroger creates and staffs two new divisions in Tennessee and Kentucky
CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division and Erin Sharp group VP of Kroger manufacturing.
"Opportunities for growth in Tennessee, northern Alabama, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois and Indiana inspired us to take this path," noted Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and COO, referencing the grocer’s move to create two new divisions. "We believe this move will enable our associates to do what they do best — meet the needs of our local customers and neighbors, our communities and each other."
The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in the Nashville area and 28 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., markets. The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana.
Going will transfer to the new Nashville division from his president role over the Michigan division. Going joined the company in 1981 and has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division levels before advancing to his current position in 2007.
Kaufman was Kroger’s group VP Kroger manufacturing prior to assuming the role of president for the new Louisville division. Kaufman joined Kroger in 1994 and has served as Kroger’s senior director of logistics before he was named to his current role in 2007.
Homco, currently VP merchandising for Kroger’s Southwest Division, was promoted to president of the Michigan Division. Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to VP merchandising for the company’s QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role in 2007.
And Sharp, currently VP operations for Kroger manufacturing, was likewise promoted to her new role as group VP Kroger manufacturing. Sharp joined Kroger in 2011 in her current role. Previously, she served as VP manufacturing for Sara Lee.