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Stefano Pessina begins new role as Executive Chairman of the Board of WBA

A look at Pessina’s many achievements during his six years as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Stefano Pessina

Today, March 15, Roz Brewer begins her new role as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance and member of the WBA Board of Directors. Brewer succeeds Stefano Pessina, who is transitioning to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of WBA.

Pessina has served as the CEO of the combined company for six years following the merger between Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. During his tenure, he transformed and modernized the company into a global pharmacy, health and wellness leader, significantly expanding WBA’s retail footprint and investing in digitalization. Pessina will replace James (Jim) Skinner as Executive Chairman of WBA. Skinner will remain on the WBA Board as a non-executive director to facilitate a smooth leadership transition.

“The Board conducted an extensive search to identify an exceptional leader who will build on WBA’s track record of success and take advantage of the many growth opportunities in many markets across the company. We are excited to have found that person in Roz,” says Pessina. “She is a distinguished and experienced executive who has led organizations globally through periods of changing consumer behavior by applying innovation that elevates customer experiences – ultimately driving significant and sustainable growth and value creation. Her relentless focus on the customer, talent development, operational rigor and strong expertise in digital and technological transformation are exactly what WBA needs as the company enters its next chapter. I look forward to working with Roz, and to continuing to partner with Jim and the entire Board and management team to take our company forward.”

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