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Bartell names top finance, IT execs

Bartell Drugs has made two senior leadership appointments. The company on Tuesday named Kelly Kennedy CFO and Kari Escobedo senior vice president of IT.

Kennedy joins Bartell from Sur Le Table, where she was CFO. Her 25 years of experience in management and finance at retail has included Williams Sonoma, See’s Candies and food companies that include Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Annie’s. She also was CFO of Elephant Drugs.

Escobedo is a technology executive with more than 20 years’ experience at global Fortune 500 companies that span such industries as tech, health care, telecom and retail — among them Starbucks, T-Mobile and Microsoft. She joins the company having most recently led the tech integration of Group Health with Kaiser Permanente, which works with Bartell on its CareClinics.

“This is a very exciting time for Bartell’s. With Kelly and Kari on board, our senior leadership team is well-rounded with individuals whose experience supports the future development of our company,” Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzch said. “I am confident that with these two remarkable professionals joining our team, we are well positioned to support the ever-expanding Puget Sound market.”
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