"Dedra is a dynamic, seasoned human resources professional with a proven track record of success," said Standley. "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 is an accomplished leader with more than 19 years of experience in human resource management. In 2012, Castle became a founding member and managing partner of Castle Partners, LLC, a human resources management services firm; and Level Mediation, LLC, a multi-state mediation firm.
Before this, Castle worked for the Sam Club's Division of Walmart Stores, Inc., where she most recently 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. Prior to Sam's Club, she 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 also was awarded a master's certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution and Analysis from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Rite Aid Corporation 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. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website atwww.riteaid.com.