Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, Ornella Barra, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, and Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of the Health & Beauty Division, today inaugurated the Group’s 200th Boots store in Thailand located in central Bangkok. The event was marked by a press conference which was attended by Thai and international media.
Since the opening of the first Boots store in Thailand in 1997, Alliance Boots presence in the country has significantly expanded and it now employs over 1,400 people across Thailand, including over 330 registered pharmacists. Boots Thailand offers customers and patients a wide range of services and products including over 2,500 Boots branded products of which almost 1,000 are locally sourced and manufactured.
Stefano Pessina commented: “We are proud that Boots Thailand has become one of the largest health and beauty pharmacy chains in the country. This opening is an excellent illustration of our ambition to make Boots a global brand and Alliance Boots a significant player in Asia. I am convinced that the Group’s presence and achievements in Thailand will be a great asset for our further expansion in the region.”
Ornella Barra, who oversees the international development of the Boots brand, said: “We would like to express our warmest thanks to our Thai team led by Dean Thompson, for their continued hard work and exceptional commitment over the past years. This milestone has been reached despite our people facing unprecedented challenges in recent times, including severe flooding. I am confident that our Thai business and teams will go further to enhance the Boots brand in South-East Asia.”
About Alliance Boots
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. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,500* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 160,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 21* countries. It operates more than 3,280* health and beauty retail stores in 11* countries, of which just under 3,180* have a pharmacy.
* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2011 and include associates and joint ventures.
For further information, please contact:
Yves Romestan / Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871400
Anjali Unnikrishnan / Katie Lang, RLM Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801