Walgreens Boots Alliance Announces Two Key Leadership Appointments

A Photo of Holly May and Anita Allemand
  • Holly May Appointed EVP and Global Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Anita Allemand Appointed Chief Transformation and Integration Officer

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Oct. 12, 2021 – Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced two key executive leadership positions, as Holly May was appointed Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer, and Anita Allemand was appointed Chief Transformation and Integration Officer.

Both May and Allemand will report to WBA CEO, Roz Brewer, as members of her leadership team.

“Holly and Anita are both strong and proven leaders joining us at a pivotal, exciting time, and I’m pleased to welcome them to the WBA family,” Brewer said.  “Holly brings a wealth of global human resources experience and will play a critical role in activating our purpose, vision and values as part of our new culture.  And as we further innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and patients, Anita’s leadership, pharmacy expertise and passion for healthcare innovation will be instrumental in accelerating our strategies to serve as a neighborhood health destination.”

Holly May

May joins WBA as EVP and Global Chief Human Resources Officer, and will be responsible for the strategy and direction of innovative global HR programs, policies and practices that support WBA’s business goals and initiatives, and for ensuring fair and equitable treatment for all team members.  This includes providing leadership for organizational design and effectiveness, talent management and acquisition, total rewards, DE&I, global mobility and other programs. 

Most recently, May served as Global Chief Human Resources Officer for Abercrombie & Fitch Co., managing all aspects of HR and environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts across the company. She previously worked for Starbucks as Senior Vice President of Global Total Rewards and Service Delivery, responsible for consulting with the company’s Board of Directors and executive leadership team on the strategic direction of Starbucks’ global compensation and benefits portfolio.  She also had oversight of a variety of functions, leading HR transformation, executive performance management, policy, governance and other areas.

Prior to her time at Starbucks, May served in human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at ING, Voya Financial and Visa Inc., as an HR business partner and leading Rewards, DE&I and HR strategy.

May graduated from Wellesley College and earned her Masters of Finance degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Her first day with WBA is planned to be in late October.

“I am very excited to join WBA at this pivotal point in the organization’s journey, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the company and its brands stand out as an employer of choice in the industry,” May said.  “I have been inspired by Roz’s vision and commitment to creating the best possible workplace environment and culture to support WBA team members.  I share her passion for innovation and look forward to further developing a world-class HR function to best support the company’s strategic priorities.”

Anita Allemand, Pharm.D

As Chief Transformation and Integration Officer, a newly created role, Allemand will be responsible for supporting Brewer as a strategic thought leader, and to establish and lead the overall transformation agenda for WBA as the company prioritizes its strategy and path forward in healthcare.  Allemand will work closely with WBA and divisional executive leaders to ensure alignment across all transformation activities and initiatives, with a special focus on coordination and alignment of digital efforts.

She will also oversee and serve as the point of integration for matters regarding the company’s transformation strategy, while identifying and further developing relationships with leading healthcare players in the U.S. market.

A pharmacist by trade, prior to joining WBA, Allemand was Senior Vice President of Health Solutions for Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, responsible for an expansive product portfolio including health and wellness, consumer advocacy and navigation, case and chronic condition management, cost of care reduction across total healthcare and more.

She previously spent 16 years with CVS Health in a number of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and Development. Allemand was responsible for developing and managing product strategies across the company’s PBM and retail businesses, including all phases of the product life cycle from innovation to development and management.

Allemand graduated from University of Illinois and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University.  Her first day with WBA will be Oct. 29.

“I have always had a great passion for healthcare, and pharmacy in particular, and WBA is ideally positioned in so many ways to offer even more to patients.  I look forward to us capitalizing on many future opportunities,” Allemand said.  “Today’s healthcare landscape is dynamic and ever-changing, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the critical role that pharmacists can play across the spectrum of healthcare delivery.  As we move forward, I’m incredibly excited about WBA creating innovative solutions to meet the whole-person health needs of the millions of customers and patients it serves each day.”


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About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail pharmacy, impacting millions of lives every day through dispensing medicines, and providing accessible, high-quality care. With more than 170 years of trusted healthcare heritage and innovation in community pharmacy, the company is meeting customers' and patients' needs through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products.

Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 450,000 people and has more than 21,000 stores.

WBA’s purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA is a Participant of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.


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