Retail in brief | Holland & Barrett, WBA, Well

14 March 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

Holland & Barrett International, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Well Pharmacy have all recently announced people changes.

Holland & Barrett loses chief executive

UK-based Holland & Barrett has announced that Peter Aldis has stepped down as chief executive officer after 10 years in the post.

The health and wellness retailer has promoted Steve Carson to group managing director and made chairman John Walden executive chairman. Holland & Barrett said Carson would be its senior operating leader.

Carson has been Holland & Barrett's managing director for UK and Ireland since April 2018. He joined from the UK-based retailer Sainsbury's Argos.

Aldis, who has been with Holland & Barrett for 29 years, is leaving with immediate effect but will remain an adviser to the management team.

Holland & Barrett was acquired by investment firm L1 Retail in 2017 (click here to read the News story).

WBA adds Dixon to financial team

US-based WBA has appointed Heather Dixon as senior vice president, global controller and chief accounting officer with effect from 18 March 2019.

Dixon will join from Aetna, the US managed healthcare company, where she has been vice president, controller and chief accounting officer since 2017. She has also worked for American Express, PepsiCo and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

She will report to James Kehoe, WBA's executive vice president and global chief financial officer.

Well Pharmacy appoints commercial director

UK-based Well Pharmacy has recruited Jeremy Harrison as commercial director with responsibility for National Health Service (NHS) buying, OTC retail, logistics and distribution, and development of the Wholesale division.

Harrison spent 13 years with Tesco, including a period as supply chain and business change director for the UK and Central Europe. He has also worked for Argos and Woolworth.

Well Pharmacy says it is the third-largest pharmacy chain in the UK.

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