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Three execs join Walgreens team
June 29th, 2009
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has bolstered its purchasing team leadership with the hiring of three executives.
Eddie Frail has joined the retailer as divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of seasonal and general merchandise.
He moves to Walgreens after 21 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club division, where he served as vice president and general manager of seasonal, hard lines and sundries.
Maurice Alkemade is now Walgreens’ divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of private brands. In his 14 years at Kraft Foods Inc. he most recently held the position of customer vice president, managing Kraft’s business with Target Corp.
Shannon Petree has been named divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty and personal care. She also comes to Walgreens from Wal-Mart, where she was director/senior buyer of beauty.
All three will report to vice president of merchandising Bryan Pugh. They join Walgreens’ established team of divisional vice presidents/general merchandise managers, including Robert Tompkins, DVP/GMM for O-T-C in purchasing, and Chong Bang, DVP/GMM for the company’s customer-centric retailing initiative and its rollout to all stores.
“We look forward to the contributions and leadership each of these folks will provide to our organization, to help us build our expertise, share learnings from their retail experience and leverage our strategic know-how,” comments Walgreens president and chief executive Greg Wasson.
In addition, the company has announced that Colin Watts, who joined Walgreens last December as a divisional vice president and president of Walgreens’ health and wellness platforms, has been promoted to vice president of new product development and chief innovation officer.
In this new role Watts will develop an organization and set of processes to support, develop and grow the company’s major platforms.
“Succeeding in an increasingly complex environment requires innovation and product development to be among our core competencies,” says Wasson. “Colin’s team will not only work to advance specific initiatives, but will also help share best practices that will enable us to build product development capabilities throughout the organization.”
Finally, Joe Terrion has joined Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems as chief client officer.