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Aug 12, 2020

Rite Aid appoints general counsel

Paul Gilbert joined the company on an interim basis earlier this year

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid has appointed Paul Gilbert as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Gilbert joined the NYSE-listed company in an interim position on May 21 to help with its virtual AGM and other governance matters. Rite Aid, like hundreds of other US companies, switched from holding its AGM in person this year due to health and safety considerations arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gilbert has also offered guidance on various business initiatives as Rite Aid pursues a strategy aimed at positioning the company as the leading mid-market pharmacy benefit management provider. As general counsel, he will be part of Rite Aid's executive leadership team and senior leadership team and will lead the organization's legal efforts.

Before joining the company, Gilbert was a corporate healthcare partner at Epstein Becker & Green. Before his time at the law firm he spent more than a decade as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate governance officer at LifePoint Health.

‘We believe Paul's experience working with healthcare providers, integrated health networks, payors and technology solutions will be an asset as we continue to implement our bold RxEvolution plan,’ Rite Aid president and CEO Heyward Donigan says in a statement. ‘We're excited to add his proven leadership and perspective to the team of senior leaders working toward a bright new future for Rite Aid.’

‘This is an important time in healthcare, and Rite Aid is literally on the front lines of the critical mission to keep communities healthy and thriving,’ Gilbert says in an announcement. ‘I look forward to supporting that effort by further strengthening our internal legal, compliance and governance-related capabilities so Rite Aid is well positioned to realize its vision for the future of pharmacy and pharmacists.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...