Walgreens has made several appointments to support and accelerate the company’s transformation efforts. Newly named executives include:
- Gunjan Bhow, Global Chief Digital Officer: Bhow will lead the retailer’s efforts to identify customer needs and develop new services, utilizing expertise gained from leadership roles at Disney, Amazon and Microsoft;
- Vineet Mehra, Global CMO: Mehra will draw upon experience from marketing roles at Johnson & Johnson, Avon and Procter & Gamble in his new position;
- Heather Dixon, Global Controller and Chief Accounting Officer: Dixon will oversee the global controllership organization;
- Annie Murphy, Global Chief Commercial Officer: Murphy will lead Global Brands and all commercial and third-party relationships; and
- Colin Nelson, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer: Nelson previously led industrial operations at Bunge and held senior roles at GlaxoSmithKline, Firmenich and Unilever.
The new team is taking the reins at a time of rapid change for Walgreens and its competitors. Some of the retailer’s recent initiatives include:
- Launching CBD-infused topicals at 1,500 stores in nine states;
- Adding more than 8,000 locations to the Narvar Concierge network for e-Commerce pickups and returns;
- Voluntarily increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21;
- Testing the launch of SmileDirectClub dental services at four stores.