GfK Appoints Richardson as Leader of Human Resources in North America


Jacqueline Richardson, an executive with over 20 years of experience in professional services firms, has joined GfK as Regional Director and Executive Vice President of Human Resources in North America.

Richardson will lead GfK’s strategic workforce development, talent management, employee relations, training, organizational design and development, and diversity and recruitment efforts in the US and Canada. She will be based in the company’s North American Headquarters in New York City.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Jackie’s caliber and expertise to guide and support our most important asset – our employees,” said David Krajicek, CEO of GfK Consumer Experiences North America. “She has the right mix of business savvy and intuitive wisdom to help our North American teams fulfill their personal potential and drive growth in the business.”

“Jackie is a gifted leader and a proven catalyst for employee development and change,” said Tom Dailey, COO of GfK Consumer Choices North America. “I know she will quickly establish a strong rapport and credibility with our diverse workforce and help to nurture growth at every level of the company.”

Richardson most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for Torus Insurance, where she developed a global human resources strategy that helped the company grow to offices in 13 countries. Prior to Torus, Richardson was Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Synovate (now part of IPSOS), where she was responsible for North and Latin America, as well as the company’s global CE business. She has also worked at CNA Insurance and RBC Mortgage.

Richardson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and also holds a Master’s degree in Education, concentrating on counseling and consulting psychology, from Harvard University.

About GfK

GfK is one of the world’s largest research companies, with more than 12,000 experts working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop, in over 100 markets, every day. GfK is constantly innovating and using the latest technologies and the smartest methodologies to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most important people in the world: their customers. In 2012, GfK’s sales amounted to EUR 1.51 billion.

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Dedra N. Castle Joins Rite Aid as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer


Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) today announced that Dedra N. Castle, a highly experienced human resources executive, is joining Rite Aid as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

In this position, Castle will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity. She will report to Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley.

“Dedra is a dynamic, seasoned human resources professional with a proven track record of success,” said Standley. “I am confident she will bring outstanding leadership to our organization of nearly 90,000 Rite Aid associates as we work together to continue to successfully grow our business and achieve long-term success.”

Castle is an accomplished leader with more than 19 years of experience in human resource management. In 2012, Castle became a founding member and managing partner of Castle Partners, LLC, a human resources management services firm; and Level Mediation, LLC, a multi-state mediation firm.

Before this, Castle worked for the Sam Club’s Division of Walmart Stores, Inc., where she most recently led the corporate human resources function and was the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. While at Sam’s Club, she also served as vice president of its People Division where she was responsible for field human resources for the 110,000 associates in nearly 600 Sam’s Clubs nationwide. Prior to Sam’s Club, she held senior human resources positions at Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Auto Zone Stores, Inc. Earlier in her career, she was employed by the Department of Defense, where she managed the civil service employment function for Marine Corps Air Stations El Toro and Miramar in Southern California as each restructured under Base Realignment and Closure.

Castle earned a bachelor of business administration degree from National University in San Diego. She also was awarded a master’s certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution and Analysis from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

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