We review the latest news from Walgreens Boots Alliance in Chile and Thailand.
Boots, Thailand: new MD
Boots Retail Thailand announces the appointment of new Managing Director, Mike Wanliss.
He will take up the new role on 21 January 2019, reporting into Dean Thompson, VP and regional managing director for Asia international retail.
Wanliss brings with him 40 years’ experience in the retail industry. He joins the business from M.H. Alshaya Co, a leading international franchise operator, where he has acted as VP Boots Middle East since 2011.
Wanliss has also carried out leadership roles at both Woolworths and Cooperative Pharmacy.
Farmacias Ahumada, Chile: regaining its leadership position
In Chile, Farmacias Ahumada has undergone a series of changes throughout the past eight months, designed to rebuild its reputation in the industry. These changes include:
Farmacias Ahumada, Chile: investing in people
In April, Juan Martin Monsalve was appointed as the new CEO for Farmacias Ahumada.
Monsalve reports directly into Nicholas Osorio, who has been acting as interim MD for WBA Latin America since August 2016.
Monsalve joins the retailer from Walmart Chile where he acted as VP for general merchandise.
There have also been further changes throughout the business, with changes to around 80% of employees. These changes have focused on commercial, systems, logistics and operations teams.
Farmacias Ahumada, Chile: reasserting its healthcare and pharmacy proposition
Farmacias Ahumada is also committed to reasserting its position as a healthcare company, as opposed to a retailer.
The retailer has made adaptions to ranges. Focus has shifted away from food categories, and more towards the provision of specialist medicines.
The retailer is focusing on remodelling its existing stores in line with its Parque Arauco Pharmacy, designed to improve the beauty and pharmacy in-store experience.
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