Bartell’s recruits top talent for key senior leadership roles

September 25th, 2018

Bartell Drugs recruits top talent for key senior leadership roles

Newly appointed CFO and SVP of IT round out executive team roster and position 128-year-old local brand for the future.


SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs is prepared for the future with two key positions now occupied by dynamic, experienced professionals.


Kelly Kennedy has joined Bartell’s as the CFO. Kelly brings 25 years of experience working in management and finance for retail organizations such as Williams Sonoma, See’s Candies and food companies including Annie’s, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Revolution Foods. Notably, Kelly was the CFO for the revolutionary drug store chain, Elephant Pharmacy.


With a strong focus on improving the company’s technology, the new role of Senior Vice President of IT has been filled by Kari Escobedo. Kari is a senior technology executive with more than twenty years of leadership experience serving global Fortune 500 companies in technology, healthcare, telecommunications and retail such as Starbucks, T-Mobile and Microsoft. Most recently, Kari lead the technology integration of Group Health with Kaiser Permanente, Bartell’s partner in CareClinics.


“This is a very exciting time for Bartell’s. With Kelly and Kari on board, our senior leadership team is well-rounded with individuals whose experience supports the future development of our company. I am confident that with these two remarkable professionals joining our team, we are well positioned to support the ever-expanding Puget Sound market.” said Kathi Lentzsch, CEO of Bartell Drugs.


With a solid leadership team, Bartell Drugs is focused on continuing to build on its 128-year legacy of superior customer service and growing the company in the communities it supports and loves.


About Bartell Drugs: Operating 68 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties and serving the Northwest since 1890, locally owned Bartell Drugs is dedicated to providing extraordinary service that advances health, happiness and wellbeing. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact: Hannah Kubiak, Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or