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Heyward Donigan Succeeds John Standley As CEO Of Rite Aid

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The board of directors for the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Corp. has appointed Heyward Donigan CEO and a member of the board.

As planned, John Standley stepped down from his role as CEO in connection with this announcement.

“Today’s announcement is an important step in positioning Rite Aid for the future, and we are confident that Heyward is the right person to lead the company in capitalizing on the opportunities in the evolving healthcare environment,” said Bruce Bodaken, chairman of Rite Aid’s board of directors. “Over the past several months, the Rite Aid board conducted a thorough search, and Heyward’s strong senior executive experience, proven leadership capabilities and consistent track record of driving profitable growth, as well as her broad health care knowledge and digital shopping technology expertise set her apart. Her skill set will be invaluable as we work to deliver on the full potential of our business and create additional long-term value for our shareholders, associates, customers and patients.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to lead a company with such a strong brand, deep culture and dedicated team of associates. I see tremendous opportunity to revitalize the company’s position as a leader in meeting the health and wellness needs of customers and patients through our store and pharmacy benefit management platforms. I look forward to working with the talented Rite Aid team, as we continue to support the needs of our customers and patients and drive growth, improved performance and shareholder value,” said Donigan.

Bodaken also said, “On behalf of the board, I want to thank John for his numerous achievements in helping to reshape Rite Aid in the face of an evolving environment during his tenure. In particular, I want to thank him for his leadership in guiding the company through some incredibly challenging times. His commitment to facilitating a smooth transition for Rite Aid is greatly appreciated, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

“I’d like to thank our talented Rite Aid team for their dedication and support in taking great care of our customers and patients throughout my tenure,” said Standley. “I have tremendous confidence in this team and I’m excited about the future prospects of this company.”

Donigan has 30 years of experience in all aspects of the healthcare industry. She has a passion for building and developing strong teams to deliver innovative offerings in the market.

Most recently, Donigan served as the president and CEO of Sapphire Digital, which designs and develops omnichannel platforms to help consumers choose their best fit health care providers. Since 2015, she led Sapphire Digital’s strategy and operations to record growth and consumer engagement. Prior to Sapphire Digital, Donigan was president and CEO of ValueOptions, then the nation’s largest independent behavioral health improvement company, where she drove innovation through disciplined execution and grew company revenues to more than $1 billion. Previously, Donigan served as EVO and CMO at Premera Blue Cross, where she was responsible for driving profitable growth across the individual, small group, mid-market and national account businesses, and helped the company achieve record growth and profits. Earlier in her career, Donigan served as SVP of all operations at Cigna Healthcare. She also held executive roles at General Electric, Empire BCBS and U.S. Healthcare, and previously served on the board of directors at several public companies, including Kindred Healthcare.

Donigan holds a masters of public administration degree from New York University, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Virginia.

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Lorrie Griffith

An observer of the grocery industry since 1988. Away from her editor job, she's a wife and mother of two grown sons and thinks cooking is (usually) relaxing.

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