14 August 2013

Following the announcement that Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive, Health & Beauty Division, is to take up a new role at Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) as Executive Vice President, President of Customer Experience and Daily Living, the Group today announces management appointments within its Health & Beauty Division, effective from 1 October 2013. These will ensure that the Group’s pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses continue to perform successfully while the focus is increasingly on developing and internationalising the product brands.

Simon Roberts is appointed as Managing Director, Health & Beauty UK and Republic of Ireland. In this new role, he will be responsible for retail and pharmacy activities in these countries (including Boots Opticians). Previously, Simon was Chief Operating Officer, Boots UK where he led the UK and Republic of Ireland store networks, pharmacy, operations and customer care teams.

Ken Murphy is appointed as Managing Director, Health & Beauty International and Brands. In this new role he will have responsibility for product innovation, development and branding, global commercial account management, and international retailing, together with contract manufacturing (BCM). Previously, Ken was Chief Operating Officer, Boots UK with responsibility for brands, marketing, trading and commercial development, as well as IT.

ENDS

Notes to editors:
Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 108,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in nine* countries and operates more than 3,100* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,000* have a pharmacy. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 605* optical practices, of which around 190* operate on a franchise basis, and around 390* hearingcare practices. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.6 billion* units each year to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.

In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co., the largest drugstore chain in the US, to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2013 and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Media relations:
Yves Romestan/Laura Vergani/Katie Johnson/Julie Longton, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
James Murgatroyd/Katie Lang/Yim Wong, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor relations:
Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK)/+1 646 688 1336 (US)

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