June 17, 2011

The Health & Beauty Division of Alliance Boots today announces the appointment of two Chief Operating Officers (COO) for the day-to-day management of its Boots businesses in the UK and Republic of Ireland, working alongside Alex Gourlay (Chief Executive, Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots), who will continue to have overall accountability for the Division.

Simon Roberts (Retail Director, Boots UK) and Ken Murphy (Commercial Director, Boots UK) will each take on the role of Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Alex. Simon will remain responsible for the retail and pharmacy aspects of the businesses and will now oversee Boots Opticians, while Ken will continue to be responsible for the trading, brands, supply chain, commercial business development and marketing areas.

Within the new organisational structure, the other Boots Executive Committee members and reporting lines remain the same: Toon Clerckx (Finance Director, Health & Beauty Division), Stephen Lehane (HR Director, Health & Beauty Division) and Ramon Mehra (Transformation Director, Boots UK) report to Alex Gourlay; and Elizabeth Fagan (Marketing Director, Boots UK) reports to Ken Murphy.

Alex Gourlay commented: “These appointments will enable us to have an even better balance between day-to-day performance and the longer term development of the Boots UK, Boots Ireland and Boots Opticians businesses. It will also allow us to concentrate on the strategic direction of the Division and how it can support Alliance Boots to further internationalise the Boots retail and product brands.”


Editor's Notes:

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our 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 stated are as at 31 March 2011, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

Simon Roberts has spent over 20 years working in retailing having joined Marks and Spencer (M&S) from school. Since joining Boots in 2003, he has taken responsibility as Retail Director for store operations across around 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, Simon spent the first 15 years of his career at M&S in a number of store, area and regional leadership roles across the UK.

Ken Murphy joined the Group in 1995 and most recently, held the role of Commercial Director for Boots UK. Prior to this role, he was Group Business Transformation Director for Alliance Boots and led the integration of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group following the merger. Ken has held a variety of roles within Alliance Boots including MD of Alliance Healthcare Italia and Finance Director of UniChem. Before joining the Group, Ken worked for Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand.

Yves Romestan / Sanam Conway, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871400
Anjali Unnikrishnan / Katie Johnson, Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

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