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EVP & Chief Retail Officer
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.