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Walgreens names supply chain operations chief
April 18th, 2012
DEERFIELD, Ill. – OfficeMax executive Reuben Slone is slated to join Walgreen Co. next month as senior vice president of supply chain management.
Walgreens said Wednesday that Slone is scheduled to start in the post on May 16. He will take over supply-chain management responsibility from Randy Lewis, who is transitioning to a new role with the company, according to the drug chain.
In the position, Slone will oversee distribution, transportation, systems integration and engineering, Lean and Six Sigma supply-chain initiatives, and community outreach, Walgreens said. He will report to Mark Wagner, president of community management.
"Reuben has deep experience in leading supply chain operations, improving service and efficiency and driving innovation in the management of inventory from distribution centers to the stores," Wagner said in a statement. "He is a great addition to Walgreens' leadership team, and we are looking forward to his insights and perspective as we continue to focus on making our distribution system more effective for both our team members and customers."
Slone comes to Walgreens from OfficeMax, where he served as executive vice president of supply chain and general manager of services. In his eight years at the office supply retail chain, he was responsible for inventory management, transportation and warehousing, strategic sourcing, real estate, store development, facilities, print and copy, business-to-business technology, managed print services, and break-room and facilities maintenance products businesses. He also managed front-end inventory at OfficeMax and oversaw supplier development.
Before joining OfficeMax, Slone held a variety of executive positions at Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young.
Slone also serves as secretary of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a nonprofit group that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Walgreens said Lewis will continue to help advise on the company's programs for people with disabilities and will play a pivotal role in several of the drug chain's key strategic initiatives.
"Randy has been and continues to be a valued leader at Walgreens," Wagner stated. "He has led the supply chain organization for 16 years with integrity, innovation and compassion. We are pleased that we will continue to benefit from his experience as we extend our ground-breaking hiring program for people with disabilities. Randy also will assist with Reuben's transition and other strategic initiatives that take advantage of his 20 years with Walgreens."