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Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints co-CEOs

Walgreens Boots AllianceWalgreens Boots Alliance announced that Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra have been appointed to the role of co-chief operating officers.

Mr. Gourlay was Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and President of Walgreens in December 2014 before moving into his current position in June 2016. He joined Walgreens in October 2013 as Executive Vice President and President of customer experience and daily living.

Before then, Mr. Gourlay was Chief Executive of the Health & Beauty Division of Alliance Boots from January 2009 to September 2013.

Prior to 2009, he was managing director of Boots UK and a member of the Alliance Boots Group operating committee following the acquisition of Alliance Boots PLC by AB Acquisitions Ltd in 2007.

Mr. Gourlay also served as healthcare director of Boots the Chemists, having previously held senior management positions in store operations and human resources.

He currently serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and is a board member of the Retail Leaders Industry Association.

Ms. Barra was named Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and President and Chief Executive of Global Wholesale and International Retail in December 2014 before moving into her current position in June 2016.

Prior to the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ms. Barra was Chief Executive Wholesale and Brands of Alliance Boots. She had previously been Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division (from January 2009 to September 2013), and before that, Wholesale & Commercial Affairs Director.

In April 2013, Ms. Barra was appointed as an independent member of the Board of Assicurazioni Generali, an insurance company, and since January 2015, she has also served on the Board of Directors of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a pharmaceutical services company.


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