Sears Holdings taps former OfficeMax exec to lead grocery, drug and Rx business

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has announced that Ryan Vero will join the company as SVP and president of grocery, drug and pharmacy.

Vero most recently served as the EVP and chief merchandising/marketing officer for OfficeMax. In his new role with Sears Holdings, Vero will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and growth, both in-store and online, for the company's grocery, drug and pharmacy businesses.

"Ryan's breadth and depth of experience in both stores and online make him a terrific fit to lead these very important businesses at our company," stated Ron Boire, Sears Holdings' EVP, chief merchandising officer and president of Sears and Kmart formats. "Ryan is a proven executive who focuses on customers and innovation, two key qualities that support our drive to be the leader in integrated retail."

Vero has more than 17 years of experience with OfficeMax. In his most recent position, he was responsible for merchandising, marketing, new channels and e-commerce business, in addition to global sourcing, private brands, product development and pricing. Vero distinguished himself while at OfficeMax through the development of innovative marketing campaigns, store formats and private brands that enabled the company to overtake Office Depot as the nation’s second leading office products retailer behind Staples. He will bring some fresh thinking to Sears Holdings regarding how the company can invigorate its brand, generate customer traffic and provide a differentiated multichannel experience to drive much need same store growth.

Vero added, "I am excited about the opportunity to join Sears Holdings and provide our customers and members greater value in all areas of health and wellness while serving them at over 920 pharmacy locations nationwide."