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Anthony Bellezza

Rite Aid Corporation
Senior Vice President - Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Ethics Officer
Harrisburg, PA, USA


Tony Bellezza is currently the Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Rite Aid.  In addition to being the CCO, Tony also serves as the Chief Ethics & Risk Officer for the company. Tony reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the efforts of over 1,000 associates that are linked together in the Chief Compliance / Chief Risk Office. The functional areas that report to Tony include: asset protection and security activities; corporate and field compliance monitoring; the privacy office; investigations and ethics; risk and controls; and internal auditing – financial, operational and information systems. 

Prior to joining Rite Aid, Tony was a Partner at Ernst & Young, LLP (EY). While at EY, Tony served as the Mid-Atlantic Business Risk Services (BRS) Practice Leader and was also the Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing Industry Leader for the BRS practice. At EY, Tony played a key role in developing the firm’s Internal Audit Service delivery approach and methodology and in designing the educational and training programs for the practice. Tony has worked with over 20 Fortune 1000 Companies helping them in many areas from: establishing internal audit functions; implementing the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; conducting strategic risk assessments; performing operational audits and fraud investigations; implementing control self-assessment programs and leading due diligence efforts on acquisitions. While at EY, his team generated over a hundred million dollars of cost savings for their clients.

Tony also has extensive international experience as he was the Chief Audit Executive for a global Fortune 1000 company.  In this capacity, Tony directed both a domestic and international team performing audits in over 30 countries. 

Tony is on the faculty for the MIS Training Institute where he is a seminar instructor and keynote speaker at the Institute’s many conferences. He is the creator of a comprehensive three day program focusing on Governance, Risk and Compliance entitled “GRC – Real-World Solutions for Creating a Best-Practice GRC Framework.” This program leverages Tony’s “career and real world” experiences into a workshop where he helps companies build a recognized best practice governance framework for their organization.

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