Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. has declared the designation of Richard Ashworth as President of Walgreens. Ashworth will be liable for developing the plans and plans for all Walgreens services and will have full accountability for the leadership, improvement, and administration of the business. He will report to Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Before, Ashworth worked as President of Operations, Walgreens, and has held a diversity of leadership situations with growing capacity managing pharmacy, health care advertisement, retail, and other parts during his 28-year tenure with the group.
He began his working career as a service clerk with Walgreens in 1992, holds a Doctor of Pharmacy diploma (PharmD) as well as his master’s degree in company administration. Ashworth also works as vice president on the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and will assume the board’s chairmanship in April.
Leading The Walgreens Business
“Richard is a great leader who turned up with the Walgreens brand and who has a great attraction for its famous heritage. He truly appreciates our clients and is excited about the role we play in their daily lives,” said Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance.
“We are satisfied to have Richard lead the Walgreens business, and lead the charge as we create the Walgreens of the future. His experience will be especially valuable as we continue to stimulate our ongoing change to best meet the needs of our customers, communities, and team members.”
Gourlay, who has worked as President of Walgreens since 2014, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, will focus on his broader duties in his role as Co-Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for oversight of the Walgreens and Boots companies, execution and transformation, and will remain to oversee global operations along with Co-Chief Operating Officer, Ornella Barra. Gourlay states to Pessina.
Pessina maintained, “I would also like to thank Alex for his leadership and dedication through a pivotal time, following the development of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and most recently into a period of rapid change across chemistry and retail. He will remain in a key, global role as a member of my leadership team, advancing our health and wellness strategy while working jointly with Richard.”
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in the retail and wholesale drugstore, touching millions of lives every day through managing and administering medicines, its available retail locations, digital programs, and health and beauty goods.
The organization has more than 100 years of trusted health care heritage and innovation in community drug and pharmaceutical wholesaling.
Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 440,000 people, and has more than 18,750 stores.
WBA’s mission is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier circumstances. The business is proud of its partnership to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace, and a sustainable marketplace.
The company’s activities have been recognized for their Corporate Social Responsibility. Walgreens was named to FORTUNE* magazine’s 2019 Companies that Change the World list, and Boots UK was known as Responsible Business of the Year 2019-2020 by Business in the Community.
WBA is included in FORTUNE’s 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, stood first in the food and drugstore category. This is the 26th consecutive year that WBA or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been selected to the list.