February 3, 2009

Alliance Boots is pleased to announce the following changes at Board level:

  • Alex Gourlay, Managing Director of Boots UK, with responsibility for Health & Beauty, has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Boots GmbH and becomes Chief Executive of the Health & Beauty Division.
  • Ornella Barra, Board member since the creation of the Company and Wholesale & Commercial Affairs Director of Alliance Boots, becomes Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division. In addition, she continues to be responsible for the development of commercial affairs across the Group.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, commented: “Alex will quickly prove a real asset to the Board with his extensive knowledge of pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing. We have a strong and forward-thinking management team which benefits from the wide experience of Ornella, Alex and Steve Duncan (Executive Chairman, Health & Beauty) who work closely together at both Board and operational level.”


Editor's Notes:

Ornella Barra was appointed Wholesale & Commercial Affairs Director of Alliance Boots in July 2006. Previously she was an Executive Director of Alliance UniChem with wholesale and commercial affairs responsibilities, having been appointed to its Board in 1998 when Alliance Santé merged with UniChem. Before that, she was a Director of Alliance Santé and General Manager of Alleanza Salute Italia. Ornella is also Chairman of the Alliance Boots social responsibilities committee. A pharmacist by profession, Ornella was recently appointed as a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham's School of Pharmacy.

Alex Gourlay was appointed Managing Director of Boots UK and a member of the Group Operating Committee in July 2007 following the acquisition of Alliance Boots plc by AB Acquisitions Limited. Before that he was Healthcare Director of Boots The Chemists, having previously held senior management positions in store operations and human resources. He joined Boots in 1976 as a Saturday assistant and qualified as a pharmacist in 1981.

Alliance Boots is an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group with two core businesses, pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Working in partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, the Group delivers a range of products and services that help millions of consumers and patients look and feel their best. Formed on 31 July 2006, Alliance Boots is privately owned and employs over 110,000* employees. It has a presence in over 20* countries operating over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale warehouses delivering to over 135,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals. It operates more than 3,200* health and beauty retail outlets, of which over 2,900* have a pharmacy dispensing more than 210 million* items each year.
* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2008, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Yves Romestan /Zoe Farthing, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871569
Zoe Watt, Finsbury. Tel: +44 207 251 3801

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