Rite Aid Announces Executive Management Changes In Human Resources And Operations
Brian Fiala Named Executive Vice President of Human Resources; Bob Thompson Promoted to Executive Vice President of Store Operations; Bill Romine Promoted to Senior Vice President of Western Division. Rite Aid recently announced the following executive and senior management changes:, formerly Executive Vice President of Store Operations, has been named Executive Vice President of Human Resources. He is now responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits and labor relations. He reports to John Standley, Rite Aid President and CEO. He succeeds Steve Parsons, who is leaving Rite Aid to take another position.
Since joining Rite Aid in 2007, Fiala has been responsible for overseeing all store operations. His focus has included strengthening the field organizational structure, improving customer and associate satisfaction, talent management and recruitment. Before joining Rite Aid, Fiala was a senior vice president in Target Corporation, where he served 24 years in operations positions of increasing responsibility. Bob Thompson, formerly Senior Vice President of Rite Aid’s Western Division, has been named Executive Vice President of Store Operations, succeeding Fiala. He is responsible for all operations at the company’s more than 4,700 stores and reports to Ken Martindale, Rite Aid Chief Operating Officer.
Since joining Rite Aid 2007, Thompson has been responsible for all operations at the more than 850 stores in the company’s western division, where he significantly improved store performance. Before joining Rite Aid, he was a senior vice president for the west region for Target, where he served for nearly 20 years in operations positions of increasing responsibility. Bill Romine, formerly Group Vice President for Metro New York, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of the Western Division, succeeding Thompson. He now supervises the operations of more than 850 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Utah. He reports to Thompson.
Romine, who has 34 years of drugstore experience, joined Rite Aid in 1996 with the company’s acquisition of the West Coast-based Thrifty-PayLess drugstore chain. He started his career at PayLess in 1976, working his way up from cashier to store manager. He has served Rite Aid in operations positions of increasing responsibility, including as district manager, regional vice president and also as Vice President of Merchandising Operations. 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,” Standley said. “Rite Aid will continue to benefit from their talent and expertise in their new positions. “