Rite Aid has hired Texanna Reeves, a respected diversity and inclusion leader, to develop and implement the organization’s overall diversity, inclusion and belonging strategy.
In her role as vp/diversity, equity and inclusion, Reeves will work closely with Rite Aid’s executive leaders, to facilitate best practices in fostering and affirming an inclusive company culture. She will work to advance organizational shared responsibility for achieving Rite Aid’s strategic goals related to diversity, inclusion and belonging, ultimately ensuring alignment to the RxEvolution strategy. Her duties will include establishing and leading an enterprise cross-functional diversity council at Rite Aid and partnering with the organization’s HR Centers of Excellence (COEs) and legal department to embed DE&I best practices into its talent attraction, retention and development strategies.
Reeves has extensive experience developing and executing diversity and inclusion strategies at Fortune 100 companies such as Merck, S.C. Johnson, Sodexo and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. She also brings to Rite Aid thought leadership in the DE&I space. In addition to her in-house roles, Reeves recently launched Engage U, a consultancy providing expertise on diversity and inclusion management services.
“Diversity and inclusion are essential to everything we do at Rite Aid,” said Jessica Kazmaier, evp/chief human resources officer, Rite Aid. “To best serve our communities, our business ought to reflect those communities. The addition of Texanna will help elevate and focus our overall efforts to be an equal-opportunity employer of choice for people of broad perspectives and experiences, cultures, genders, races and generations. We know this will contribute to a stronger and more successful Rite Aid.”