George Riedl is an innovative Senior Retail Healthcare Executive with 35 years of experience leading pharmacy, managed care, merchandising and marketing teams. His operational strategies have helped companies enhance customer service, reduce costs, improve efficiencies and grow revenue across the healthcare, retail and pharmaceutical industries.
George is a leader who optimizes talent by training, mentoring and inspiring teams to exceed goals and achieve superior results. His leadership style fosters a culture of honesty, respect, trust, open communication, collaboration and fairness.
Most recently, George was President of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness for Walmart US, the world’s largest retailer boasting 2.3 million associates worldwide, 260 million customers served weekly, and $500 billion in annual revenue. As the leader of Walmart’s Health & Wellness operation, George had full P&L responsibility of over 4,600 retail pharmacies, centralized specialty pharmacy, pharmacy mail service operations, 2,700 retail vision centers, and Walmart’s retail health clinic operations. George also oversaw procurement of over $16 billion of brand, generic and specialty pharmaceuticals, managed care sales & contracting, clinical services & quality and healthcare strategy & transformation.
Previously, George spent 27 years at Walgreens, the leading retail pharmacy chain with more than 9,000+ stores and 250,000 employees. Throughout his tenure, George has served in a variety of leadership roles including Vice President of Purchasing, Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Marketing and Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Innovation & Purchasing.
Currently, George is President of Riedl Retail Health Solutions, an innovative retail health consulting firm providing strategic, value-added services and solutions to the retail, pharmaceutical and consumer product company industries.
George holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois and completed the Management Program at Northwestern University. He is a licensed pharmacist in the State of Illinois and serves as an Executive Advisory Board Member for Gryphon Investors. He most recently served as a member of the Board of Directors of ClarusONE, an international generic pharmaceutical sourcing JV between Walmart and McKesson Corp. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and served on the NACDS Retail Advisory Board as well. George was a member of both Marketing 50 and the National Council of Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). In addition, George formerly served as the President and Vice President of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.
George was honored with the 50 Most Influential People in Mass Market Retailing Award and the 7 Who Made a Difference Award.