Walgreens Boots Alliance streamlines its senior management team


Following the recent integration of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, the retail group has now announced a number of changes to its senior management team to streamline the business.

Alex Gourlay, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Walgreens and Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail have been appointed to the role of Co-Chief Operating Officers.

Barra will supervise Global Brands, Human Resources and other business services, while Gourlay will oversee Walgreens and Boots.

Kathleen Wilson-Thomas, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer and Ken Murphy who will become Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and Chief Commercial Officer and President of Global Brands will report to Barra.

Further, Simon Roberts, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Boots has confirmed that he will depart from the company in July to pursue new opportunities.

Senior Vice President and MD International Retail Elizabeth Fagan will take on the role as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots.

“As we continue to work together to find simpler and more effective ways to manage our Company, I believe this is the right structure at the right time,” said Jim Skinner, Walgreens Boots Alliance Executive Chairman.

“The changes announced today will allow us to further enhance operating performance, while developing our Company for the longer term. I want to congratulate Ornella and Alex on their extended responsibilities. We are very fortunate to have these two world-class corporate executives working together in a senior management team that is very well positioned to guide our businesses across the world through the changing landscape of healthcare.”

 “Alex and Ornella will be instrumental in driving the operations of our Company in the next phase of its evolution now that our businesses have come successfully together after 18 months of integration” added Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 “I would like to warmly thank Simon for his outstanding contribution and for the key role he played at Boots during the past 13 years of his career. We wish him the very best for the future. I also want to congratulate Elizabeth on her new position, where I am sure she will make a strong contribution.”