Walgreens Boots' Gourlay to Join Institute's Hall of Fame

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Walgreens Boots' Gourlay to Join Institute's Hall of Fame

By Path to Purchase Institute Staff - 02/18/2020

The Path to Purchase Institute is delighted to announce that Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, is the third inductee into its Hall of Fame for 2020.

Members of the Institute’s editorial and membership teams, in consultation with key industry advisors, selected Gourlay in recognition of his efforts in helping Walgreens respond to industry disruption and become a customer-centric, omnichannel retailer that is ready and able to address the ever-evolving healthcare needs of consumers. 

Co-Chief Operating Officer since 2016, Gourlay is responsible for the execution and transformation of both the Walgreens and Boots businesses, as well for overseeing global operations. From 2014 until just this month, he also served as president of the Walgreens chain, guiding one of the nation’s largest drugstore retailers through a period of massive change. Before joining Walgreens in October 2013, Gourlay was chief executive for the health & beauty division of Alliance Boots, the UK-based pharmacy with which U.S.-based Walgreens began merging one year earlier.

The Institute was first introduced to Gourlay in March 2014 when, as the retailer’s president of customer experience and daily living, he participated in a keynote “fireside chat” at the Shopper Marketing Summit in Chicago.

Since 1994, the Path to Purchase Institute has recognized three individuals each year for their exemplary accomplishments in driving success through shopper understanding and engagement — not only at their own organizations, but for the industry at large. Unlike many Hall of Fame programs, the Institute recognizes executives who are still in the midst of their careers rather than waiting for them to retire.

An in-depth profile of Gourlay’s career and accomplishments will be published in the May issue of Path to Purchase IQ and on pathtopurchaseiq.com. He will be officially inducted into the Path to Purchase Institute Hall of Fame on May 6 in Chicago as part of the new i3 event.

This year's other inductees are Jennifer Reiner of Del Monte Foods and Steve McGowan of Mondelez International.