Rite Aid shakes up category management ranks

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Rite Aid shakes up category management ranks

By Gina Acosta - 11/17/2017

Rite Aid is making some changes to its leadership team across category management. 

The retailer announced that Bill Renz, Rite Aid’s current group vice president of consumables and photo, has been named senior vice president of category management.

In addition, 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.

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 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.”

Bill 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, Bill held various category management positions at Gray Drug-Fair, Sherwin Williams, Circuit City and Office Max. He will report to Bryan Everett, chief operating officer of Rite Aid stores.

“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,” said Everett. “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.”

The company also announced the retirement of Tony Montini, current executive vice president of merchandising and distribution, and Bill Bergin, current group vice president of health and beauty.

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.