Walgreens Announces Enhanced Daily Living Team As Company MovesForward with
Alliance Boots Partnership, Strategic Growth Priorities
*Company promotes, expands leadership roles of key Walgreens Daily Living
and Merchandising executives.
*Changes further advance Alliance Boots and Walgreens partnership and
accelerate Walgreens daily living strategy, including appointment of Alex
Gourlay as Walgreens Executive Vice President, President of Customer
Experience and Daily Living.
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- August 14, 2013
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) today announced an enhanced Daily Living
business organization with the promotion and leadership expansion of key
marketing and merchandising executives to further accelerate the company’s
strategic growth drivers and advance its vision to be the first choice in
health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond.
The promotions and other changes in Walgreens Daily Living organization, which
are effective Oct. 1, accompany the announcement today by Walgreens and
Alliance Boots GmbH that Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of Alliance Boots
Health and Beauty Division, has been named Walgreens Executive Vice President,
President of Customer Experience and Daily Living. Reporting to Walgreens
President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson, Gourlay will lead the
enhanced Walgreens Daily Living organization overseeing U.S. merchandising,
marketing, customer insights, customer experience and daily living products
“With our enhanced Daily Living and Merchandising organization, combined with
Alex Gourlay’s experience and expertise in global health and beauty, we are
further expanding and complementing Walgreens already strong leadership team
including Mark Wagner, President of Operations and Community Management;
Kermit Crawford, President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness; Graham Atkinson,
our Chief Marketing Officer and the creator of our 79-million member Balance®
Rewards loyalty program; and Sona Chawla, President of E-Commerce and our
omni-channel strategy,” said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. “By
combining the best marketing and merchandising practices of Walgreens and
Alliance Boots, we are accelerating our ‘Well Experience’ strategy to step out
of the traditional drugstore format and create a truly differentiated
experience for customers and patients.”
Today’s announcement includes a number of promotions and expansion of
leadership roles of Walgreens Daily Living and Merchandising executives:
*Bryan Pugh becomes Corporate Vice President, U.S. Merchandising Program
Development & Execution. As Walgreens continues to hone and expand
transformational merchandise programs and prepares for further joint
merchandise initiatives with Alliance Boots across beauty, personal care,
health and wellness, Pugh’s newly created role will bridge operations and
merchandising functions and oversee rollout of new merchandising
initiatives to the field, includingoperating standards, cross-functional
deployment and flagship rollout.
*Moe Alkemade becomes Group Vice President, Global Sourcing. With his deep
experience in developing and marketing consumer-packaged goods programs,
Moe successfully led the restructuring and strong growth trajectory of
Walgreens private brand portfolio, and established the foundation for
Walgreens global sourcing capabilities. In his newly created role,
Alkemade will focus on optimizing global sourcing and Daily Living buying
synergies with Alliance Boots and AmerisourceBergen.
*Shannon Curtin is promoted to Group Vice President and General Merchandise
Manager, Beauty. Curtin will accelerate development and growth of
Walgreens beauty proposition and customer experience across the United
States, particularly underserved U.S. markets, and collaborate with the
Alliance Boots and global partnership teams in maximizing U.S.
opportunities for the Boots beauty proposition.
*Robert Tompkins is promoted to Group Vice President and General
Merchandise Manager, Health and Wellness. Tompkins will accelerate
development of innovative health and wellness products and programs for
the U.S., collaborating with Alliance Boots and global partnership teams
on joint program development.
*Jim Jensen becomes Divisional Vice President and General Merchandise
Manager, Seasonal and General Merchandise, providing high-level,
single-accountability focus on seasonal daily living products and
promotions that are a key driver in Walgreens monthly daily living sales.
*Beth Stiller is promoted to Group Vice President, Category Planning,
Formats & Innovation, and takes on an expanded role in merchandising with
responsibility for category development, space planning, merchandise
formats and program innovation, and private brands.
*Linda Severin, formerly of Kroger, where she led the redevelopment of its
private brand portfolio, joins Walgreens as Divisional Vice President,
Private Brands, responsible for product development, brand management and
program execution of Walgreens private brands.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and
daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides
more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and
wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of
pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and
mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health
outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care
organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public
sector. The company operates 8,105 drugstores in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens
subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite
health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more
than 700 locations throughout the country.
Michael Polzin, 847-315-2920
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