By  on January 16, 2008

ATLANTA — Richard W. Dreiling has joined Dollar General as CEO, effective Jan. 21. David Bere, president and COO, had served as interim CEO after David A. Perdue resigned as CEO last year when Buck Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), acquired the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based chain of more than 8,200 neighborhood discount stores in July.

Previously, Dreiling, a 38-year retail veteran, was chairman, president and CEO of New York-based Duane Reade, the largest drug store chain in the New York City metropolitan area. He said he looked forward “to joining the Dollar General team and will work aggressively to enhance the brand and strengthen the company’s position as a leader in serving cost-conscious shoppers who value convenience.”

Said Mike Calbert, Dollar General’s chairman and a member of KKR, of Dreiling, “Rick ranks among the retail industry’s outstanding executives, and he has a long and successful track record.”

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