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Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints global CIO

Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints global CIO

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced Friday that Francesco Tinto was named global chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president at the company. Tinto will oversee the global strategy for WBA’s IT operations across all of the company’s divisions, as well as the implementation of its technology and digital innovation. His role

Walgreens honored on Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list

Walgreens honored on Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the #13 spot on this annual list, which highlights companies that leverage their businesses to drive profit and to create societal good. The company is honored for its Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc) digital wellness program, which currently has more than

WBA names new global chief communications officer

WBA names new global chief communications officer

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has appointed Aaron Radelet global chief communications officer and senior vice president at the company. He will be based at corporate headquarters in Deerfield, Ill. and oversee internal, external and divisional communications globally across the organization. His team’s responsibilities will include media relations, employee communications, financial communications, digital

WBA teams on cancer prevention program

WBA teams on cancer prevention program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance has entered into a charitable partnership with European and American cancer organizations “to support people living with cancer at all moments of their journey.” The Collaboration for Cancer Prevention, Research and Support will cooperate on initiatives to develop and support innovative cancer research infrastructure and share best practices to

WBA unveils 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

WBA unveils 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

NOTTINGHAM, U.K.  – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Tuesday published its  2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which showcases the company’s global sustainability initiatives to prevent opioid abuse, support cancer patients and their families and address malnutrition and other health issues in communities around the world. WBA’s CSR strategy is largely focused on health care initiatives,

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To the casual observer, the dominant story line at Walgreens might appear to be the phased acquisition of 1,932 drug stores and related assets from Rite Aid Corp., and plans for their subsequent assimilation. But, important as the deal is, it shouldn’t be allowed to obscure other compelling developments at Walgreens Boots

Alphega Pharmacy looks to the future

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — The Alphega Pharmacy network, part of the Alliance Healthcare arm of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), recently held its eighth European convention here, attracting more than 1,200 attendees from nine different countries. Based on the theme “Close to You,” the gathering featured presentations on health care innovation, global market developments and

WBA’s Barra keynotes Alphega Pharmacy convention

WBA’s Barra keynotes Alphega Pharmacy convention

MONACO — Ornella Barra, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, addressed members of the company’s Alphega Pharmacy network at its 2017 European Convention. The event, held March 27 and 28, drew more than 1,200 Alphega delegates from nine countries to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Barra spoke to delegates on Tuesday in a keynote

New report charts extent of WBA’s efforts in CSR

WASHINGTON — There was a time not all that many years ago when corporate social responsibility (CSR) was viewed by most companies as a second- or third-tier priority, something good to do but not a central part of the business model. That thinking has changed radically in recent years, with CSR taking its rightful place

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation last month recognized five individuals and organizations whose support has helped the UN address a range of serious issues around the globe. Honorees included President Obama for his efforts to end armed conflict and fight climate change; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme; Maina Kiai, UN special rapporteur

Barra accepts UN leadership award for WBA

Barra accepts UN leadership award for WBA

Ornella Barra, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, accepted a United Nations Foundation 2016 Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company at a ceremony in Manhattan. WBA was recognized for its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” vaccination campaign, which donates a polio or measles vaccine to a child in need for every

WBA honored with UN Global Leadership Award

WBA honored with UN Global Leadership Award

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is receiving a United Nations Foundation 2016 Global Leadership Award for its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” vaccination campaign. WBA said co-chief operating officer Ornella Barra will accept the award on behalf of the company tonight at the UN Foundation Global Leadership Awards Dinner in New York.

Barra, Foulkes on most powerful women list

NEW YORK — CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief operating officer Ornella Barra were among those recognized by Fortune magazine as the “Most Powerful Women” in business for 2016. Foulkes, who is also executive vice president of CVS Health, was ranked 12th on the list of 51 women in the