Walgreens Names Ashworth President

Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed Richard Ashworth as president of Walgreens. Ashworth will be responsible for developing the strategies and plans for all Walgreens operations and will have full responsibility for the leadership, development and management of the business.

He will report to Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Previously, Ashworth served as president of operations, Walgreens, and has held a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility overseeing pharmacy, health care commercial, retail and other segments during his 28-year tenure with the company.

“Richard is a strong leader who grew up with the Walgreens brand and who has a great appreciation for its storied heritage. He truly understands our customers and is passionate about the role we play in their daily lives,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance. “We are pleased to have Richard lead the Walgreens business, and lead the charge as we create the Walgreens of the future. His experience will be incredibly valuable as we continue to accelerate our ongoing transformation to best meet the needs of our customers, communities and team members.”

Gourlay, who has served as president of Walgreens since 2014, and co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, will focus on his broader responsibilities in his role as co-chief operating officer. He is responsible for oversight of the Walgreens and Boots businesses, execution and transformation, and will continue to oversee global operations along with co-Chief operating officer, Ornella Barra. Gourlay reports to Pessina.