Stefano Pessina has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since August 2012. He is executive chairman of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. He is also a non-executive director of Galenica.
Prior to the merger of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group, he was executive deputy chairman of Alliance UniChem, previously having been its chief executive for three years up until December 2004. Pessina was appointed to the Alliance UniChem Board in 1997 when UniChem merged with Alliance Santé, the Franco-Italian pharmaceutical wholesale group which he established in Italy in 1977.
Mr. Pessina is an engineer by profession.