Alliance Boots appoints Walgreens executive to head up health & beauty operations
Alliance Boots has appointed Walgreens executive Richard Ashworth as director of healthcare, health and beauty for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The move comes in advance of the merger of Alliance Boots and the US drugstore chain which is due to take place next year.
Formerly Walgreens corporate operations vice president for the western United States, in his new role Ashworth will report to Boots UK managing director for health and beauty Simon Roberts. Working with teams in both in the US and UK, he will be responsible for the development and delivery of Boots healthcare offer for customers in the UK and Ireland.
Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Richard to our Group. His appointment further illustrates the progress we continue to make towards achieving our vision for the creation of the first global health and wellbeing enterprise. As he familiarises himself with the UK and Irish markets, Richard’s experience at Walgreens will bring positive benefits to Boots and the delivery of its healthcare plans, as well as help further combine best practices of our two companies.”
Greg Wasson, president and chief executive officer of Walgreens, added: “Richard’s two decades of healthcare experience, leadership and service to Walgreens in a variety of roles has been invaluable to our company as we continued to develop our strategy to transform community pharmacy. His move to Alliance Boots represents yet another step forward and is further testament to the strong and steady progress we are making in advancing our strategic partnership.”
Last year, the companies initiated a two-step process that will allow for an integration of the two organisations. The convergence began with the establishment of a joint venture in Switzerland and the transfer of key Walgreens and Alliance Boots executives to the new entity. This was followed by the appointment of Alex Gourlay, former chief executive of Alliance Boots health and beauty division, as Walgreens executive vice president, president of customer experience and daily living, in August 2013.
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