Walgreen’s new chief marketing officer & chief merchandising officer

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DEERFIELD, IL: Walgreens Boots Alliance on Friday named two executives to the chief marketing officer and chief merchandising officer positions, promoting Adam Holyk and Joe Hartsig, respectively, to those roles.

Both will assume their new roles as of April 1 and report to Alex Gourlay, co-COO for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Holyk and Hartsig will be succeeding Linda Filler, who was Walgreens Boots Alliance president retail products and chief merchandising and marketing officer, and in February announced her pending departure.

“Adam Holyk, currently a member of the WBA corporate strategy team, will return to Walgreens to lead the marketing organization,” Walgreens shared with Drug Store News in an emailed statement. “Adam began his career with Walgreens in 2011 in the customer insights group, which at the time, was part of marketing. Previously, Holyk held senior roles at dunnhumby, a leading marketing analytics consultancy working with Kroger and Macy’s, and Shoppers Drug Mart managing the most successful retailer loyalty program in Canada.”

Regarding Hartsig, “[he]will continue in his role leading Walgreens merchandising team, which he has done since August of last year,” Walgreen stated. “In addition to leading the merchandising team, he will oversee digital commerce and mobile services with a strategic focus on strengthening the company’s omni-channel capabilities.”

Hartsig joined Walgreens in September 2015 as group VP merchandising strategic projects, and led the marketing, loyalty and digital commerce organizations.  Prior to this, Hartsig was chief merchandising and marketing officer for Essendant, a Fortune 500 wholesaler of business essentials, and SVP merchandising at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart.

Hartsig will also have a reporting line into Annie Murphy, chief customer officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Holyk will have a reporting line into Andy Gibson, SVP, director, global consumer brands for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the Chicago-based retailer noted.

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