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Rite Aid names new executive vice president, chief human resources officer

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Dedra N. Castle is joining Rite Aid Corp. as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

She will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity, Rite Aid announced in a news release. She will report to Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley. “Dedra is a dynamic, seasoned human resources professional with a proven track record of success,” Standley said. “I am confident she will bring outstanding leadership to our organization of nearly 90,000 Rite Aid associates as we work together to continue to successfully grow our business and achieve long-term success.”

Castle brings more than 19 years of experience in human resource management, the release said. In 2012, she helped start and became a managing partner of Castle Partners LLC, a human resources management services firm. She also helped start and was a managing partner of Level Mediation LLC, a multistate mediation firm.

Previously, Castle worked for the Sam Club’s Division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where she led the corporate human resources function and was the chief inclusion and diversity officer. While at Sam’s Club, she also served as vice president of its People Division, where she was responsible for field human resources for the 110,000 associates in nearly 600 Sam’s Clubs nationwide.

Castle also held senior human resources positions at Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., and Auto Zone Stores Inc. Earlier in her career, she was employed by the Department of Defense, where she managed the civil service employment function for Marine Corps Air Stations El Toro and Miramar in Southern California as each restructured under base realignment and closure.

Castle earned a bachelor of business administration degree from National University in San Diego. She was awarded a master’s certificate in advanced conflict resolution and analysis by Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Based in Camp Hill, Rite Aid Corp. is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion.


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