Dollar General’s president and chief strategy officer, Beré, to retire

Goodlettsville, Tenn. -- Dollar General’s president and chief strategy officer, David Beré, has decided to retire at the closing of the company’s current fiscal year, which ends on January 29.

Beré’s retirement comes after eight years of service to Dollar General. He took the helm of the company as president in the fall of 2006 and as interim ceo in July 2007. Prior to that, he served on the company’s board of directors, a position he held since early 2002.

“Dave helped lead the company through times of tremendous change and growth. He has been an invaluable friend and partner to me since I joined the company. We all wish Dave and his family the best in his retirement,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and ceo.

Earlier in his career, Beré led a number of companies, including: Bakery Chef Inc., where he was the president, ceo and a board member; and McCain Foods USA, where he was the president and ceo. He started his career at The Quaker Oats Company, where he climbed the ranks for 17 years, ultimately becoming its president of the breakfast division and the Golden Grain division.

Beré will continue to serve on the board of directors of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The company said it does not intend to replace Beré for the time being. But Dreiling will assume the duties of president.


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