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Safeway vet Rempel takes CIO job at Rite Aid

Rite Aid said Wednesday that it has appointed Safeway veteran Steve Rempel as SVP and CIO.

In this position, Rempel will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s technology and information operations, including computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security as well as the continued development and execution of Rite Aid’s immediate and long-term information technology strategy. Rempel will report to Frank Vitrano, Rite Aid’s SVP and chief administrative officer.


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“Steve is an information technology expert with a proven track record in creating, driving and delivering value and results through innovative technology solutions,” said Vitrano. “His vast retail experience will be extremely valuable to Rite Aid as we continue to develop our technology and services platforms and strategies to further strengthen our business operations and enhance the experiences of our valued customers and associates.”

Rempel most recently served as CIO, president and CEO for Lenexa, Kan.-based Balance Innovations, a provider of reconciliation and cash management solutions for the retail industry. He began his career at Safeway, where he spent 35 years holding a variety of information technology positions.

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