Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer resigns after more than two years

Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer resigns after more than two years on the job

  • Roz Brewer is leaving as CEO of Walgreens after more than two years.
  • Walgreens stock has struggled this year.
  • The company has been hit by a decline in demand for Covid vaccines and testing.

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer

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Walgreens Boots Alliance announced Friday that Roz Brewer has resigned as the company’s chief executive officer.

She also resigned from the company’s board of directors effective Thursday. According to a press release, the decision was amicable.

Brewer and Walgreens were in a difficult spot leading up to Friday’s announcement. Shares of Walgreens are down more than 32% this year as of Thursday’s close as the company struggles with a decline in demand for Covid testing and vaccines. In June, the company reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations for the first time since July 2020. The company also lowered its earnings guidance for the year.

Walgreens said it is looking for a new CEO. Meanwhile, lead independent director Ginger Graham will act as interim boss.

Brewer, a veteran of Walmart and Starbucks, had led Walgreens since March 2021. During her short tenure, which included a significant portion of the Covid pandemic, the company had sought a shift that would position Walgreens as a healthcare company rather than a pharmacy chain.

“I am confident that WBA is on its path to becoming a leading consumer-focused healthcare company, serving thousands of communities across the country, particularly those who need access to healthcare most,” Brewer said in Friday’s announcement.

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