Kathi Lentzsch, President and CEO
As the CEO and President of Bartell Drugs, Kathi Lentzsch is no stranger to the retail and pharmacy experience. With a senior executive background across public and privately held companies (including family owned businesses), large and small organizations, start-ups, turnarounds, mergers, and high growth businesses, Kathi is prepared to take on any challenge that comes her way and continue the 130-year legacy of innovation at Bartell’s.
“Bartell’s has always had a reputation for operating with the passion to do the best for its customers. About fifteen years ago at Elephant Pharmacy, I experienced what it meant to lead a retailer that truly cared about customers and enhanced their lives. It had a profound and positive impact on my life, my career and my leadership style. The opportunity to lead another company who cares so deeply and does the right thing for its customer base was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
Kathi’s career spans from department stores (Macy’s) to specialty and drug stores, from value based concepts to luxury. She has held senior executive positions in leading retail companies including Pier 1 Imports, Cost Plus World Market and Pottery Barn.
“Kathi’s experience as a CEO and the breadth of her retail experience will be ideal for leading Bartell’s,” said Bartell’s Board Chairman, George D. Bartell. “She brings a record of innovation and entrepreneurial agility. This will be instrumental in growing the Bartell’s brand as the local chain expands its reach in the Puget Sound region.”
Kathi has a talent for transforming new business ideas into new realities. With a fearless outlook and a focus on putting employees first, she brings a transparent and collaborative approach to the company and a philosophy of truly and authentically caring for and supporting Bartell’s customers. With a strong background and expertise in both brand transformation and cultural revolutions, Kathi is excited to be a part of Bartell Drugs.