RNDC Names Corporate IT Leaders

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has announced the next level of leadership appointments for the integrated RNDC/Young’s Market Company Corporate IT Team, led by Darrell Riekena, Chief Information Officer & EVP.

Riekena joined RNDC in 2016 and since then has modernized technology to enhance the customer, supplier, and associate experiences, the company says. He is responsible for the company’s technology, cyber security, data and digital strategies, solution, and initiatives.

Leading indirect procurement and vendor management services for RNDC’s IT leadership team at the corporate level is Brian Kernan, VP, Indirect Procurement and Vendor Management. Kernan is responsible for effective sourcing strategies, spend optimization, and vendor management.


Tracy Ariail, SVP, Digital Transformation and Business Engagement, continues to lead RNDC’s data and digital initiatives, including eRNDC. In this role, Ariail drives transformative digital experiences and strategic data insight capabilities.

Leading the Program Management Office (PMO) is Laura Laday-Jones, VP, Enterprise PMO.  Laday-Jones leads the enterprise planning and execution of RNDC’s portfolio of cross-functional programs.Sriram Ranganathan has been appointed VP, Applications & Architecture, for RNDC’s Oracle Center of Excellence.

In addition to Oracle solutions, Ranganathan leads the design, build, and delivery of RNDC’s Enterprise ERP.


Responsible for technology operations and the protection of the RNDC’s enterprise information assets is John Dickson, VP, Infrastructure and Cyber Security. Dickson continues to lead cyber security practices, technology operations, and infrastructure solutions including network, cloud, data centers, and unified communications.

The Corporate IT division reports to CFO Nick Mehall.


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