Rite Aid names new chief human resources officer


CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Monday announced that Ken Black, Rite Aid’s current group VP compensation, benefits and shared services, has been named SVP and chief human resources officer, effective immediately. He is succeeding Dedra Castle, who is leaving the company for personal health reasons.

 “On behalf of the entire Rite Aid team, I thank Dedra for her many significant contributions to our company,” stated John Standley, chairmabn and CEO Rite Aid. “Since joining our team, Dedra has been a passionate leader who was always focused on making Rite Aid a better place to work and a better place to shop. She has played a key role in launching initiatives that support an outstanding associate and customer experience while also providing new ways for our associates to recognize each other.”

Black will report to Standley and be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity.

Black joined Rite Aid in 2003 as the company’s VP tax. He held various positions within the finance department throughout his career at Rite Aid before being named group VP compensation and benefits in 2010. In 2014, he earned a master’s degree in human resources development from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.

Prior to joining Rite Aid, Black was a senior tax manager for Deloitte. He also held various corporate tax positions for Union Pacific Corporation and NBC.

Black, a certified public accountant, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa.


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