11 January 2010

Steve Duncan, Executive Chairman, Health & Beauty Division, has today retired from the Board after 35 years service, of which nearly seven were as a Group director. This change was first announced in the Alliance Boots mid-year update on 3 November 2009.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, comments: “Steve has made a huge contribution to the development of the Group and we are pleased that we will continue to benefit from his expertise as an advisor, particularly in healthcare and pharmacy related matters.”

ENDS

Editor's Notes:

Steve Duncan was appointed Executive Chairman of the Health & Beauty Division in July 2007 having previously been Community Pharmacy Director. Prior to the merger of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group he was the Executive Director of Alliance UniChem responsible for its retail division. Previously he was Managing Director of Alliance Pharmacy, having joined the business in 1974. He is a pharmacist and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our customers working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,000* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 140,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 16* countries. We operate more than 3,200* health and beauty retail stores in nine* countries, of which just under 3,000* have a pharmacy.

* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2009, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Yves Romestan /Zoe Farthing, Alliance Boots.
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871569

Kirsty Flockhart, Finsbury.
Tel: +44 207 251 3801

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