Richard Stephens, RPh
Vice Chair of Navitus
Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Costco Wholesale Corporation
Richard Stephens, RPh is the Senior Vice President of Pharmacy for Costco Wholesale. He reports to Ron Vachris, President of Costco Wholesale. Richard’s responsibilities include overseeing the operation of 550+ pharmacies in the U.S. as well as the purchasing of Rx/Prescription and Over the Counter non-prescription products carried at Costco.
Richard started his retail and professional career as a pharmacist at Eckerd Drug in Dallas—Fort Worth, Texas. Over 10 years, Richard rose from staff pharmacist to pharmacy manager at several high-volume locations before finally becoming the Regional Pharmacy Supervisor, overseeing 30 high volume pharmacies in the Dallas—Fort Worth area. In 2001, Richard joined Costco as a pharmacy manager of Costco’s Ft. Worth location.
During his 21+ years at Costco, Richard has held positions as Pharmacy Manager, Regional Pharmacy Supervisor for the Texas region, AGMM, AVP and Vice President of Pharmacy Operations.
An Oklahoma native, Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford Oklahoma.