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Rite Aid shifts three executives
July 18th, 2011
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Brian Fiala has been named executive vice president of human resources at Rite Aid Corp., one of several executive and senior management changes announced by the drug chain.
Fiala, formerly executive vice president of store operations, is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. He succeeds Steve Parsons, who is leaving the company.
Since coming to Rite Aid in 2007 Fiala has overseen all of the chain drug retailer’s store operations. Before joining the company he spent 24 years with Target Corp.
Rite Aid also has named Robert Thompson as executive vice president of store operations, succeeding Fiala. Thompson previously was senior vice president of the western division.
Since joining Rite Aid in 2007 Thompson has been responsible for all operations at the more than 850 stores in Rite Aid’s western division, where he is credited with significantly improving store performance. Before joining Rite Aid he spent nearly 20 years with Target.
Bill Romine, formerly group vice president for metro New York, replaces Thompson at the helm of the western division, overseeing the operations of more than 850 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Utah.
An industry veteran with 34 years of drug store experience, Romine came to Rite Aid in 1996 with the company’s acquisition of the West Coast chain Thrifty-PayLess.
He started his career at PayLess in 1976, working his way up from cashier to store manager and has served at Rite Aid in operations positions of increasing responsibility, including as district manager, regional vice president and vice president of merchandising operations for all of Rite Aid. He was named group vice president of metro New York in 2010.
“Brian, Bob and Bill have all done a great job for our company,” Rite Aid chief executive officer John Standley comments. “Rite Aid will continue to benefit from their talent and expertise in their new positions.”