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Beauty executive Curtin to exit Walgreens

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NEW YORK — Shannon Curtin, group vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty and personal care at Walgreens, is leaving the company, a spokeswoman for the drug chain confirmed.

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Shannon Curtin

The company said in a memo Wednesday that Curtin, who joined Walgreens in July 2009 and has been in her current position since August 2013, is leaving to pursue other opportunities as of Sept. 1.

“Shannon has made important contributions to expand our beauty business over the last six years,” Walgreens said in the memo. “During her tenure, Walgreens created an online Beauty University program and launched a monthly magazine for our best customers. Shannon’s love of the beauty category and her positive interpersonal approach are admirable, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Taking over Curtin’s role as group vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty and personal care will be Lauren Brindley. The memo said Brindley has served in commercial roles at Boots — mainly in beauty and personal care — for the past 10 years after starting her professional career at Tesco.

Plans call for Brindley to start in her new role at Walgreens effective Sept. 8.

“Under Lauren’s leadership, the company significantly grew market share in premium beauty and fragrance through upgrading the customer experience and attracting desirable new brands,” the memo stated. “She also played a vital role in the relaunch of No. 7 in 2010 and most recently was a key member of the team responsible for developing Boots’ new customer strategy and the launch of a new personalized beauty omnichannel experience. As we increase our focus on beauty and personal care, Lauren brings both strong customer-led leadership and industry experience to Walgreens.”


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