DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced that José
(Joe) E. Almeida, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of
Baxter International Inc., has been elected to its board of directors
effective immediately. Almeida, who joins the board as an independent
director, becomes the board’s 11th member.
“We are pleased to welcome Joe to the board of directors as we leverage
strategic opportunities and accelerate the development of a fully
integrated, global platform providing innovative ways to address health
and wellness challenges,” said Jim Skinner, executive chairman. “His
substantial knowledge of the health care industry and expertise in
leading complex, highly regulated, global organizations will support
Walgreens Boots Alliance in our purpose to help people across the world
lead healthier and happier lives.”
Almeida has more than 25 years of experience in health care, including
medical devices, consumer health products, surgical instruments and
biopharmaceuticals. He has an extensive background in public company
governance and has handled a wide range of issues, including risk
management, talent development, executive compensation and succession
Almeida has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter, a
global medical products company, since January 2016. From May 2015 to
October 2015 he served as an operating executive with The Carlyle Group,
a global investment firm.
Previously, Almeida served as president and CEO of Covidien plc, a
health care products company, from July 2011 through January 2015, when
the company was acquired by Medtronic Inc. He also served as the
company’s chairman from March 2012 through January 2015 and in several
other executive roles with Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare) between
April 2004 and June 2011.
Almeida is a native of Brazil and holds a bachelor’s of science degree
in mechanical engineering from Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia in São Paulo.
Notes to Editors:
About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led,
health and wellbeing enterprise.
The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and
Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies
with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values
and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical
wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and
daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots
Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments
together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than
400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health
and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has
equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as
well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and
distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to
more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals
each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots
Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs
and many other health and wellbeing products.
The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes
Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as
increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7,
Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.
In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations
Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals. The company also ranks No. 1 in the Food
and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s
Most Admired Companies.
More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.
* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for
** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available
information for AmerisourceBergen.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
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Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
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