Management

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Elizabeth “Busy” Burr has served on the Rite Aid Board of Directors since 2019. She has extensive experience in the healthcare and retail industries, and deep expertise in innovation, business strategy, and brand management.

Burr was most recently the former President and Chief Commercial Officer at Carrot Inc., a digital healthcare company with solutions that combine behavioral science, clinical expertise, and proprietary technology, from 2019 through 2021. Prior to that, she served as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Healthcare Trend and Innovation at Humana from 2015 to 2018, where she led the design, build and adoption of new product platforms in digital health, provider experience, and telemedicine. Additionally, she is the founder of Humana Health Ventures, Humana’s strategic venture investing practice.

Prior to her work in the healthcare industry, Burr served as Managing Director of Citi Ventures, Citigroup’s global venture group following seven years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston. She was also Vice President of Global Brand Management at Gap, Inc., where she aligned product, store, online, advertising, and merchandising efforts for the four Gap brands around the world.

​In addition to her board role at Rite Aid, Burr is a member of the boards of directors of Mr. Cooper Group Inc., a company that provides mortgage servicing, origination, and transaction-based services; Satellite Healthcare, a nonprofit provider of kidney dialysis services; and SVB Financial Group, a company that offers commercial, investment and private banking, asset management, private wealth management, brokerage and investment services and funds management services to companies in the technology, life sciences and healthcare, private equity and venture capital, and premium wine industries.

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Paul Gilbert was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in August 2020. Gilbert leads the company’s legal department and serves on Rite Aid’s Executive Leadership Team and Senior Leadership Team.

Gilbert has deep experience working with healthcare providers, integrated health networks, payors, and related technology solutions, and with boards of directors on corporate governance, reporting, and compliance matters. Prior to Rite Aid, Gilbert was a corporate healthcare partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Before that, he served for 10 years as the executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate governance officer at LifePoint Health, Inc.

Gilbert holds a juris doctorate from the Vanderbilt University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.

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Jessica Kazmaier has been the Chief Human Resources Officer at Rite Aid since March 2019 leading all aspects of the human resources strategy including talent management, associate engagement, incentives and labor relations. She joined Rite Aid in 2001 in the associate benefits function and has held various human resources positions of increasing responsibility including vice president, total rewards and group vice president, compensation, benefits and HR corporate services. In this role she focused on total rewards strategy, enterprise-wide human resources policies, tools and compliance, and corporate headquarters talent acquisition and employee relations. Kazmaier also previously served as retirement manager at Harsco Corporation where she managed the companies 401(k) and pension plans.

She earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.

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Justin Mennen was appointed chief information officer in December 2018 and was named executive vice president in October 2019. Mennen is responsible for all aspects of the company’s information technology operations, strategy and execution. He is focused on delivering a seamless and differentiated customer experience across Rite Aid’s digital and physical touchpoints, while streamlining operations and increasing associate productivity across the company. Prior to joining Ride Aid, Mennen led technology organizations across several industries, most notably as CompuCom’s chief digital officer and chief information officer, as the vice president of enterprise architecture and technology innovation for Estée Lauder Companies, and as the regional chief information officer for Dell Asia Pacific and Japan. Mennen brings a wealth of knowledge with two decades of experience leveraging technology to create competitive business advantages and value, with extensive expertise leading digital technology transformation.

Mennen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

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Andre Persaud was named executive vice president and chief retail officer for Rite Aid in June 2021. Prior to that, Persaud served as executive vice president, retail, with responsibility for Rite Aid’s retail operations, supply chain, field team management, asset protection, and facility maintenance and repairs. He was responsible for orchestrating new in-store experiences and retail operations processes in line with Rite Aid’s RxEvolution strategy. Persaud is an accomplished senior executive with more than 25 years of diverse and broad retail experience across varied channels and formats for public and private-equity owned companies in both the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to Rite Aid, Persaud was as an executive consultant with Wakefern Food Corporation, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative with member companies that own and operate supermarkets. There, he worked with the leadership team on the company’s ongoing strategic transformation. Prior to Wakefern, Persaud served as executive vice president retail for Shopko Stores Operating Company, with direct responsibility for all operating divisions and banners across retail, pharmacy and optical. Previously, Persaud served as senior vice president, store operations for Burlington Stores and prior to that he served as senior vice president, central operations and merchandising, for Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s leading grocery business. Previously, Persaud served in multiple senior operational leadership roles for Shoppers Drug Mart. He began his career as a pharmacist and served in progressive leadership roles to eventually lead drug store operations for Walmart Canada.

Persaud has served on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Board of Directors and as a board advisor for Profitect, an AI and prescriptive analytics company. He is a recipient of the National Diversity Council’s 2021 Leadership Excellence Award.

Persaud holds both a bachelor of pharmacy degree and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Matt Schroeder was named executive vice president and chief financial officer in March 2019. He is responsible for managing the company’s finances, financial planning and financial reporting. Schroeder joined Rite Aid in 2000 as vice president of financial accounting and was promoted to group vice president of strategy, investor relations and treasurer in 2010. In 2017, Schroeder was promoted to senior vice president, chief accounting officer and treasurer. Prior to joining the company, Schroeder worked for Arthur Andersen LLP, where he held several positions of increasing responsibility, including audit senior manager and audit manager. He also currently serves as treasurer of The Rite Aid Foundation, as well as a member of its Board of Directors.

Schroeder holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a CPA.

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Chris Bohrer was named Chief Innovation Officer in September 2022. He is responsible for managing the enterprise's strategy, partnerships, new business building, and M&A. He also oversees Health Dialog, a Rite Aid-owned population health company. Bohrer joined Rite Aid in 2020 as Senior Vice President of Payor and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining the company, Bohrer worked for McKinsey & Company Inc., where he was most recently an Associate Partner in the healthcare practice.

Bohrer holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from the University of Wisconsin and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA).

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Chris DuPaul is a member of the executive leadership team for Rite Aid Corporation, and chief operating officer for Elixir Solutions, the company’s pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business. As chief operating officer, Chris leads day-to-day operations across commercial and government lines of business, as well as Elixir’s specialty pharmacy and cash card business units. Chris also leads Elixir Insurance Corporation (EIC), Elixir’s Medicare Part D business, and serves as chairman on EICs board of directors.

Prior to joining Elixir, Chris was Group President at Myers Industries, a diversified global manufacturing and distribution company. Chris has also held several leadership positions at CVS Health, including Vice President, Pharmacy Services, and Vice President, Enterprise Innovation. DuPaul earned an MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

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As chief financial officer for Elixir, Rand Greenblatt is responsible for providing business partners with value-added financial and strategic support to drive sound business decisions. Greenblatt is a results-oriented, transformational leader with a track record of developing high performing teams and working collaboratively with business partners to achieve strong financial performance.

Before joining Elixir, Greenblatt held financial and business leadership roles at Chubb, Independence Blue Cross, CIGNA and Deloitte & Touche, focused on growth and turnaround situations.

He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in accounting and has earned the CPA designation.

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A Rite Aid veteran who has spent more than two decades with the company, Staniforth is currently Chief Pharmacy Officer. In this role, she oversees centralized pharmacy services which includes central fill, mail order and specialty and Rite Aid’s pharmacy operations, clinical services, pharmacy initiatives, pharmacy acquisitions and government and regulatory affairs. Prior to her current role, Staniforth was senior vice president, clinical and operational pharmacy services. Staniforth previously led the planning efforts and transaction services agreement for the Rite Aid’s asset purchase agreement with Walgreens and she led the systems conversion of the acquisition of Bartell Drugs in Washington in 2021. In 2014, Staniforth was promoted to chief operating officer of Health Dialog, where she was responsible for executing the strategic vision and managing day-to-day operations of the company.

Staniforth started her career in pharmacy as a pharmacist in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later joined Sandoz, now a part of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, overseeing retail sales operations for the company in Cape Town, South Africa. She subsequently joined Rite Aid after moving to the United States. During Staniforth’s tenure with Rite Aid, she has continued to take on roles of increasing leadership and operating responsibility, including regional pharmacy vice president, division pharmacy vice president and group vice president of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services.

Board of Directors

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Mr. Bodaken shares in-depth knowledge of the health insurance and managed care industries with the Board of Directors, serving in executive leadership positions for over 20 years.

Director since: 2013

Chair since: 2018

Committees:

  • Executive (Chair)
  • Nominating and Governance

Experience

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Shield of California from 2000 through 2012.
  • President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Shield of California from 1995 to 2000, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995.
  • Senior Vice President and Associate Chief Operating Officer of F.H.P., Inc., a managed care provider, from 1990 to 1994 and held various positions at F.H.P. from 1980 to 1990.
  • Visiting Lecturer at the University of California School of Public Health from 2013 to 2016 teaching graduate courses on health care reforms.
  • Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institute from 2013 to 2015 focused on value-based care design.
  • Director and member of the compensation committee of iRhythm Technologies, Inc. and formerly a member of the board of directors of WageWorks, Inc.

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Ms. Burr brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in the health industry, innovation, business strategy, and brand management.

Director since: 2019

Committees:

  • Audit

Experience

  • Former President and Chief Commercial Officer at Carrot Inc., a digital health care company with solutions that combine behavioral science, clinical expertise, and proprietary technology, from 2019 through 2021.
  • Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Healthcare Trend and Innovation at Humana from 2015 to 2018, where she led the design, build, and adoption of new product platforms in digital health, provider experience, and telemedicine. Founder of Humana’ Health Ventures, Humana’s strategic venture investing practice.
  • Former Managing Director of Citi Ventures, Citigroup’s global venture group, from 2011—2015. Prior to Citigroup, she spent seven years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.
  • Former Vice President of Global Brand Management at Gap, Inc., where she was responsible for aligning the product, store, online, advertising, and merchandising efforts for the four Gap brands around the world.
  • ​Member of the boards of directors of Mr. Cooper Group Inc., a company that provides mortgage servicing, origination, and transaction-based services, Satellite Healthcare, a nonprofit provider of kidney dialysis services, and SVB Financial Group, a company that offers commercial, investment and private banking, asset management, private wealth management, brokerage and investment services and funds management services to companies in the technology, life sciences and health care, private equity and venture capital, and premium wine industries.

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Ms. Harlam is a former C-suite business leader, marketer, educator, and author, and a pioneer in customer loyalty who provides the Board of Directors with her experience in digital marketing and data analytics.

Director since: 2020

Committees:

  • Nominating and Governance

Experience

  • Co-founder of Trouble LLC, a pro-social, experience brand.
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer North America at Hudson’s Bay Company from 2018 to 2020.
  • Executive Vice President, Membership, Marketing and Analytics at BJ’s Wholesale Club from 2012 to 2016.
  • ​Chief Marketing Officer at Swipely, now Upserve, from 2011 to 2012.
  • Senior Vice President, Member Engagement at CVS Health from 2000 to 2011.
  • ​Early in her career, was a Professor at Columbia University and the University of Rhode Island, and Adjunct Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Eastern Bankshares, Inc., Alterian and OneWater Marine Inc.

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Mr. Knowling brings to the Board extensive experience in executive management and leadership roles, including experience leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround. In addition, his service on a number of other public company boards of directors enables Mr. Knowling to share insights with the Board regarding corporate governance best practices.

Director since: 2018

Committees:

  • Compensation

Experience

  • Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineer businesses, and also serves as an advisor-coach to chief executive officers.
  • ​Chief Executive Officer of Telwares, a provider of telecommunications expense management solutions, from 2005 to 2009.
  • ​Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent nonprofit corporation created by Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the New York City public school system, from 2001 to 2005.
  • ​Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SimDesk Technologies, a computer software company, from 2001 to 2003.
  • ​Previously was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad Communications, a Warburg Pincus private equity-backed start-up company.
  • ​Serves on the board of directors of Citrix, STRAND, and Stride, Inc. In the last five years, he served on the board of directors of Roper Technologies Inc. and Convergys.

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Mr. Miramontes brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in accounting, financial reporting, and corporate governance. His experience as an audit partner provides useful insights into financial and regulatory matters relevant to the Company’s business.

Director since: 2018

Committees:

  • Audit (Chair)
  • Compensation

Experience

  • Independent financial advisor since 2014.
  • ​Worked at KPMG LLP from 1976 to 2014, where he served as Managing Partner of the San Francisco office and Senior Partner for KPMG’s Latin American region. He served as an audit partner for public and private companies.
  • ​Serves as a member of the board of directors of Lithia Motors, Inc., one of the largest auto retailers in the United States and Canada, and as a member of the board of directors of Oportun Financial Corporation, a financial services company.

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Mr. Nayar brings over 35 years of financial management experience to the Board of Directors. His experience as a chief financial officer provides useful insights into operational and financial metrics relevant to the Company’s business.

Director since: 2018

Committees:

  • Audit
  • Executive

Experience

  • Retired in 2015 as executive vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyco International, a $10+ billion fire protection and security company, where he was responsible for managing the company’s financial risks and overseeing its global finance functions, including its tax, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, audit, and investor relations teams. Mr. Nayar joined Tyco as senior vice president and treasurer in 2008, and was also Chief Financial Officer of Tyco’s ADT Worldwide. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Nayar was senior vice president, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations, and treasurer.
  • Previously was in leadership positions with PepsiCo, Inc., most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Global Operations and, before that, as vice president and assistant treasurer—Corporate Finance.
  • Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and a Senior Advisor to a private equity firm, BC Partners, from 2016 to 2020.
  • ​A member of the board of directors of Amcor Plc, a manufacturer of responsible packaging products, and GFL Environmental Inc., a leading North American environmental services company. He previously served on the board of TFI International.

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Ms. Quinn brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in business strategy, marketing, customer experience, retail operations, and health benefits.

Director since: 2019

Committees:

  • Compensation (Chair)
  • Nominating and Governance

Experience

  • Vice Chair and Chief Administrative Officer of U.S. Bancorp since 2017, responsible for leading strategy, reputation and digital transformation, Ms. Quinn joined U.S. Bancorp in 2013 as executive vice president and Chief Strategy and Reputation Officer.
  • Former senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at Anthem, a health benefits company, where she directed the company’s marketing, customer communications, digital, customer experience, and retail strategies. She previously served as Anthem’s vice president of corporate marketing.
  • Earlier in her career, Ms. Quinn served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at a division of The Hartford, following leadership roles in strategy and product development at CIGNA and PacifiCare Health Systems, respectively.
  • Member of Board of Trustees of United Way U.S.A. and Fastbreak Foundation.