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Walgreens Boots Alliance fills key roles

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May and Allemand appointed to leadership team.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance has filled two key executive leadership positions, the company said on Tuesday. Holly May was appointed executive vice president and global chief human resources officer and Anita Allemand was appointed chief transformation and integration officer.

May and Allemand will both report to WBA CEO Roz Brewer, as members of her leadership team.

Holly May

Holly May

“Holly and Anita are both strong and proven leaders joining us at a pivotal, exciting time, and I’m pleased to welcome them to the WBA family,” Brewer said. “Holly brings a wealth of global human resources experience and will play a critical role in activating our purpose, vision and values as part of our new culture. And as we further innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and patients, Anita’s leadership, pharmacy expertise and passion for healthcare innovation will be instrumental in accelerating our strategies to serve as a neighborhood health destination.”

As EVP and global chief human resources officer, May will be responsible for the strategy and direction of innovative global HR programs, policies and practices that support WBA’s business goals and initiatives, and for ensuring fair and equitable treatment for all team members. This includes providing leadership for organizational design and effectiveness, talent management and acquisition, total rewards, DE&I, global mobility and other programs.

Most recently, May served as global chief human resources officer for Abercrombie & Fitch Co., where she managed all aspects of HR and environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts across the company. She previously worked for Starbucks as senior vice president of Global Total Rewards and Service Delivery, responsible for consulting with the company’s board of directors and executive leadership team on the strategic direction of Starbucks’ global compensation and benefits portfolio. She also had oversight of a variety of functions, leading HR transformation, executive performance management, policy, governance and other areas.

Prior to her time at Starbucks, May served in human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at ING, Voya Financial and Visa Inc., as an HR business partner and leading Rewards, DE&I and HR strategy. She is set to start at WBA later this month.

“I am very excited to join WBA at this pivotal point in the organization’s journey, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the company and its brands stand out as an employer of choice in the industry,” May said. “I have been inspired by Roz’s vision and commitment to creating the best possible workplace environment and culture to support WBA team members. I share her passion for innovation and look forward to further developing a world-class HR function to best support the company’s strategic priorities.”

Anita Allemand

Anita Allemand

Allemand, in the newly created role of chief transformation and integration officer, will be responsible for supporting Brewer as a strategic thought leader, and for establishing and leading overall transformation agenda for WBA as the company prioritizes its strategy and path forward in healthcare. Allemand will work closely with WBA and divisional executive leaders to ensure alignment across all transformation activities and initiatives, with a special focus on coordination and alignment of digital efforts.

She will also oversee and serve as the point of integration for matters regarding the company’s transformation strategy, while identifying and further developing relationships with leading healthcare players in the U.S. market.

A pharmacist by trade, prior to joining WBA, Allemand was senior vice president of health solutions for Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company. In that role she was responsible for an expansive product portfolio including health and wellness, consumer advocacy and navigation, case and chronic condition management, cost of care reduction across total healthcare and more.

She previously spent 16 years with CVS Health in a number of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, most recently serving as senior vice president for product innovation and development. In that role Allemand was responsible for developing and managing product strategies across the company’s PBM and retail businesses, including all phases of the product life cycle from innovation to development and management.

Allemand will start at WBA on October 29.

“I have always had a great passion for healthcare, and pharmacy in particular, and WBA is ideally positioned in so many ways to offer even more to patients. I look forward to us capitalizing on many future opportunities,” Allemand said. “Today’s healthcare landscape is dynamic and ever-changing, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the critical role that pharmacists can play across the spectrum of healthcare delivery. As we move forward, I’m incredibly excited about WBA creating innovative solutions to meet the whole-person health needs of the millions of customers and patients it serves each day.”


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