DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced the
appointment of Sebastian James as Senior Vice President and President
and Managing Director of Boots. He also will be contributing to the
Group with involvement in a number of key areas, joining the company in
the summer of 2018 and taking up his new role at the beginning of the
new fiscal year on 1 September. He will report to Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief
Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.
James joins from Dixons Carphone plc (LSE: DC), Europe's leading
specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services
company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries, where he is
currently Group Chief Executive since 2014, having been Chief Executive
of Dixon Retail since 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer
of Synergy Insurance Services and Silverscreen Holdings, having started
his career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and
Bain & Company.
Elizabeth Fagan, who has led Boots since June 2016, will continue
working with the Company and will take on the newly created role of
Non-Executive Chairman of Boots in the new fiscal year.
Gourlay said: "We are delighted that Sebastian will join our Company at
an equally exciting and challenging time for the retail environment in
the UK and for the future development of Boots, a brand synonymous with
pharmacy and care. We are sure his deep retail expertise will drive
significant progress and innovation at Boots for the benefit all our
stakeholders. I also want to warmly thank Elizabeth who has been leading
the business very successfully for the last 18 months or so, and in her
over 11 years with the Company has made an invaluable contribution. She
will continue to do so in her next role."
James said: "I am very excited to be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance at
this time in its history, and to have been offered the privilege of
leading Boots, surely one of the UK's most iconic, venerable and trusted
brands. At a time of unprecedented change in both the retail and
healthcare markets, to build on the fantastic work that the team have
done over the last few years, and to be a part of the next chapter for
this great company is an extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to
getting to know my new colleagues at both Boots and WBA in the next few
Notes to Editors:
About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led,
health and wellbeing enterprise. The company's heritage of trusted
health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical
wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and
daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots
Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments
together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than
385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health
and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has
equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries
as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and
distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers
delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers
and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition,
Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world's largest purchasers of
prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.
The company's portfolio of retail and business brands includes
Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as
increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap
& Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.
The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune
magazine's 2017 list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.
* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for
** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available
information for AmerisourceBergen
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