Walgreens Taps James For Boots Business

Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed Sebastian James as svp/president and managing director of its Boots business.

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

James joins Walgreens Boots from Dixons Carphone, a European specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company. At Dixons, he has served as group chief executive since 2014.

Elizabeth Fagan had headed up the Boots business. She becomes Boots non-executive chairman.

“We are delighted that Sebastian will join our company at an equally exciting and challenging time for the retail environment in the U.K., and for the future development of Boots, a brand synonymous with pharmacy and care,” Gourlay said. “We are sure his deep retail expertise will drive significant progress and innovation at Boots for the benefit all our stakeholders.”