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<p><strong>Scottsdale, Ariz.</strong> &ndash; The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) elected new officers, one new Executive Committee member and three new Board of Directors members for the coming year during its Annual Meeting this weekend. </p>
<p>John Standley, chairman and chief executive officer of Rite Aid Corporation, was elected as the new NACDS chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Robert J. Narveson, president and chief executive officer of Thrifty White Pharmacy.<br />
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In addition, Juan M. Ortiz, chief executive officer of Navarro Discount Pharmacies, was elected vice chairman, and Randall B. Edeker, chairman and chief executive officer of Hy-Vee Inc., was elected treasurer.</p>
<p>&ldquo;It is a pleasure to welcome John Standley as the new chairman of the NACDS Board of Directors,&rdquo; said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.&nbsp; &ldquo;In his role as vice chairman of the Board and chairman of the NACDS Political Action Committee (PAC), John has demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to the industry and to NACDS.&rdquo;</p>
<p>In addition to the election of the new officers for one-year terms, the NACDS Board elected Randall Edeker as a new Executive Committee member.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Three new Board of Directors members were also elected: Carmen R. Bauza, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, health and wellness for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Daniel Salemi, RPh, president of pharmacy division for New Albertsons Inc.; and J.K. Symancyk, president of Meijer, Inc.&nbsp;</p>
<p>These three new Board members will join the other 21 members of the NACDS Board of Directors to develop NACDS&rsquo; policies and priorities. &nbsp;</p>