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Walgreens names Pugh top merchant
March 16th, 2009
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has chosen former Tesco USA and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive Bryan Pugh to run its merchandising department.
The 46-year-old Pugh, who joined Walgreens earlier this year as vice president of store format development, replaces executive vice president of merchandising George Riedl who has been made senior vice president of pharmacy innovation and purchasing for the company’s pharmacy services department.
Executives say Pugh will continue to head Walgreens’ store format development operation.
“Bryan brings a quarter-century of terrific merchant expertise to Walgreens,” president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson says, noting the role Pugh played in creating Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a concept that quickly grew into a network of 90 stores on the West Coast in less than a year.
During his eight years with Wal-Mart Pugh rose from an assistant store manager to vice president of membership marketing for the company’s Sam’s Club division.
The 48-year-old Riedl, who has been with Walgreens for 27 years, will oversee all pharmaceutical purchasing along with the rollout of the company’s POWER project, which is designed to enhance patient/pharmacist interaction and reduce costs.
The project is under way in more than 360 stores in Florida and is projected to roll out to all of Walgreens’ 774 units in the state by the end of August.
During his time with Walgreens Riedl has guided the chain’s efforts in a variety of areas, ranging from pharmacy services to e-commerce and purchasing.
“He brings vast knowledge of our entire company to his new role, and his pharmacy experience uniquely positions him for taking the implementation of POWER forward and driving our transformation of community pharmacy,” Wasson says about Riedl’s new position.
In addition, Walgreens has named 49-year-old Thomas Connolly vice president of facilities development, succeeding senior vice president of facilities development William Shiel, who recently retired after nearly four decades with the company.
Connolly has been with Walgreens since 1985, when he joined the company as a real estate representative. He was promoted to a real estate manager a year later and to a senior real estate manager in 1990.
In 1996 Connolly was named a director of real estate. He was made a divisional vice president in 2000.
Wasson praises Connolly’s real estate acumen but admits that he is sorry to see Shiel leave the company. “Bill spent most of his career building our retail store base into the powerhouse it is today, and we’re grateful to him for that accomplishment,” Wasson says.