Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board with Dollar General Corporation since 2008
Richard W. Dreiling joined Dollar General (NYSE: DG), the leading small-box retailer with 100,000 employees and 11,000 store locations, in January 2008 as CEO, and was named chairman of the board in December 2008. He spearheaded the company's re-emergence as a public company through a successful Initial Public Offering in November 2009 and eight secondary offerings.
Prior to coming to Dollar General, Dreiling had been the chairman and CEO of Duane Reade Holdings, Inc. Before that, Dreiling served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Longs Drug Stores Corporation, a chain of retail drug stores on the West Coast and Hawaii, starting there in 2003. Before that, he was executive vice president of marketing, manufacturing and distribution of Safeway, Inc., a food and drug retailer. Earlier still, he served as president of Vons, a Southern California food and drug division of Safeway, Inc.
Dreiling earned a bachelor's degree in industrial relations from Rockhurst University in Missouri. He began his career in 1969 as a part-time clerk with Safeway, Inc. in Kansas and he worked his way through the retail ranks before being promoted in 1998 to president of Vons.
Dreiling is a director of Lowe’s, Inc. He is also vice chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and serves on the board of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt of which he is past chairman. In 2011, Dreiling was named "Retailer of the Year" by Mass Market Retailer for his transformation of Dollar General into a major retail force. Dreiling was also listed among Supermarket News "Power 50 Retailers" for 2011 and 2012 and named “CEO of the Year” by the Retail Leader in 2012.
David M. Tehle
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
With Dollar General Corporation since 2004
Prior to joining Dollar General in June 2004, Tehle spent seven years with Haggar Corporation as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He has held leadership positions with several world leaders in manufacturing, including vice president of finance for The Stanley Works, Mechanics Tools Division, and vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Hat Brands Inc. Tehle gained 12 years of financial experience through management positions at Ryder System Inc. and through various financial and accounting positions at Texas Instruments Inc.
Tehle earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
He has served as a director of Jack in the Box Inc. since December 2004. In June 2010, Tehle was named to Treasury and Risk magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Finance.
Chief Operating Officer
With Dollar General Corporation since 2008
Vasos joined Dollar General in December 2008 as the executive vice president, division president and chief merchandising officer responsible for merchandising, marketing and global sourcing. He was named chief operating officer in November 2013, responsible for Store Operations, Supply Chain and Merchandising.
Prior to joining Dollar General, Vasos was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Longs Drugs, where he was responsible for all pharmacy and front-end marketing, merchandising, procurement, supply chain, advertising, store development, store layout, space allocation and the operation of three distribution centers. Previously, Vasos served as Longs’ senior vice president and chief merchandising officer for seven years. In that role, he spearheaded the company’s successful private brand program, centralized key marketing and merchandising functions, significantly reduced inventory and developed and launched the company’s “store within a store” concepts. Vasos also has served in leadership positions at Eckerd Drug Corp. and Phar-Mor Food and Drug Inc.
Vasos earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Carolina University. He was named 2010 Merchant of the Year by MMR magazine.
Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer
D’Arezzo joined Dollar General in November 2013 as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, responsible for all marketing and merchandising activities.
Prior to joining Dollar General, D’Arezzo was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Grocery Supply Co., Inc., where he was responsible for all functions of the wholesale business, which serves over 800 supermarkets a full-line of products for resale. Previously, D’Arezzo served as senior vice president and chief marking officer with Duane Reade and as interim chief executive officer for a short time, where he was responsible for merchandising, marketing and supply chain for the New York City-based drug store chain. Before that, D’Arezzo held leadership positions with Raley’s, a supermarket chain operating 120 stores as chief operating officer and Office Depot as executive vice president responsible for global merchandising. For eight years, D’Arezzo held various positions with Wegmans Food Markets.
D’Arezzo earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
John W. Flanigan
Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain
With Dollar General Corporation since 2008
Flanigan joined Dollar General as senior vice president, global supply chain in May 2008 and was promoted to executive vice president, global supply chain in March 2010. He has over 25 years of management experience in retail logistics. Prior to joining Dollar General, he was group vice president of logistics and distribution for Longs Drug Stores Corporation from October 2005 to April 2008. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing warehousing, inbound and outbound transportation and facility maintenance to service 500+ retail outlets. From September 2001 to October 2005 he served as vice president of logistics for Safeway, Inc. where he oversaw distribution of food products from Safeway distribution centers to all retail outlets, inbound traffic and transportation. He also held distribution and logistics leadership positions at Vons - a Safeway company, Specialized Distribution Management Inc., and Crum & Crum Logistics.
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
With Dollar General Corporation since 2008
Bob Ravener is executive vice president and chief people officer at Dollar General, responsible for all human resources initiatives. He joined Dollar General in 2008 as senior vice president and chief people officer and was promoted to executive vice president and chief people officer in March 2010. Before joining Dollar General, Ravener was most recently senior vice president of U.S. partner resources for Starbucks Coffee Company where he oversaw all aspects of human resources activity for more than 10,000 stores, after being promoted from his role as vice president, partner resources-Eastern division. Prior to Starbucks, Ravener held vice president of human resources roles for The Home Depot Store Support Center and a domestic field division. He also served in executive roles at Footstar, Inc. and PepsiCo.
Ravener served in the U.S. Navy as a strategic weapons submarine officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and also earned an MBA in general management from New York University.
Gregory A. Sparks
Executive Vice President, Store Operations
With Dollar General Corporation since 2012
Greg Sparks joined Dollar General in March 2012 and is responsible for the operations of more than 11,000 retail stores in 40 states. In addition, he oversees the Real Estate and Construction department, the Dollar General Market, California and Nevada store teams and the charitable arm of the organization that grants and donates approximately $12 million per year to the communities Dollar General serves.
Prior to joining Dollar General, Sparks served as division president, Seattle Division, for Safeway Inc., a food and drug retailer, a role he had held since 2001. Sparks has 37 years of retail experience including a 34-year career with Safeway where he held roles of increasing responsibility including merchandising manager, category manager, divisional director of merchandising, grocery and general merchandise and divisional vice president of marketing.
Sparks earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Phillips University and a MBA from The University of Phoenix. Sparks currently serves as a board director for the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Senior Vice President and Controller
With Dollar General Corporation since 2005
Anita Elliott joined Dollar General in August 2005. Prior to joining Dollar General, Elliott served as Vice President and Controller of Big Lots, Inc., a closeout retailer, from May 2001 to August 2005. Overseeing a staff of 140 employees at Big Lots, Elliott was responsible for accounting operations, financial reporting and internal audit. Prior to serving at Big Lots, she served as Vice President and Controller for Jitney-Jungle Stores of America, Inc., a grocery retailer, from April 1998 to March 2001. At Jitney-Jungle, Elliott was responsible for the accounting operations and the internal and external financial reporting functions. Prior to serving at Jitney-Jungle, she practiced public accounting for 12 years, 6 of which were with Ernst & Young LLP.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Rhonda Taylor is an Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Rhonda started with Dollar General as an employment attorney in 2000 and was promoted to senior employment attorney in 2001. She was promoted to deputy general counsel in 2004 and then moved into the role of vice president and assistant general counsel in 2010. Prior to Dollar General, Rhonda was with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, where she specialized in labor law and employment litigation. She has also held positions with Ford & Harrison in Memphis and Stokes & Bartholomew in Nashville.
Rhonda earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Birmingham-Southern College and her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia.
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