Walgreens Completes Initial Investment in Boots

Deerfield, Illinois based Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the U.S., and Alliance Boots, a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, announced the completion today of Walgreens initial investment in the strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. This follows receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

The Walgreens investment consists of approximately $4.0 billion in cash and 83.4 million shares of Walgreens common stock in exchange for a 45% equity stake in Alliance Boots. Walgreens has the option to proceed to a full combination in approximately three years’ time by acquiring the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots*. As a result of the transaction, Alliance Santé Participations S.A. (of which Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, is a director and whose ultimate ownership is a family trust) becomes the largest shareholder of Walgreens, with a stake it intends to hold for the long term.

Stefano Pessina and Dominic Murphy, Member of the general partner of KKR & Co. L.P., have today joined the Walgreens Board of Directors. At the same time, Gregory Wasson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreens, Wade Miquelon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, and Robert Zimmerman, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, have become members of the Alliance Boots Board of Directors.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.