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09/19/2022

Walgreens Boots Alliance Reinforces Leadership, Names CIO and Launches Tech Committee

Liz Dominguez
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Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., has tapped Hsiao Wang as senior vice president and chief information officer of the organization. The appointment comes as the company is reinforcing its leadership and launching a tech-focused committee. 

As part of the executive leadership team, Wang will lead IT strategy, implementation, and innovation for Walgreens Boots Alliance. He will be focusing on digital experiences for consumers and patients, and delivering tech-enabled healthcare solutions for Walgreens and Walgreens Health. 

[Read more: Walgreens Expands Leadership, Names Peters, Rauch, Visalatha to the Retail Products and Customer Team]

Wang brings a strong background in IT, previously serving as executive vice president CIO for The Michaels Company where he managed product development, engineering, and operations for all tech functions. 

He has also worked for Walmart in a series of roles across technology and IT, including as SVP and CTO for Sam’s Club. In that role, he implemented AI, robotics, image and speech recognition, and mobile capabilities, developing the future of automation and deep learning to accelerate tech product development from a 12-18 month timeline to just four weeks. 

“Joining a company with such strong consumer trust and a clear vision to be the leading partner in reimagining local healthcare and wellbeing for all is a tremendous opportunity. I am excited to work with an outstanding team to lead the continued transformation of technology and digital innovation at WBA, as well as unlock and create consumer-centric healthcare solutions,” said Wang.

Wang is taking over for Francesco Tinto, who spent three years with the company, overseeing partnerships with Microsoft and Adobe to expedite digital modernization. Wang will assume his new role on September 26, and report to Roz Brewer, CEO, WBA. 

“We are making tremendous progress on our strategic priorities, including transforming and aligning our core business and building our next growth engine with consumer-centric healthcare solutions. With today’s announcements, we are entering our next phase of execution and elevating our capabilities even further,” said Brewer.

Additional Core Changes

The company also recently formed a finance and technology committee, reshaping the existing finance committee to reflect “the importance and significance of technology to achieving the company’s goals.” Walgreens Boots Alliance said that as the company accelerates its healthcare platform and global infrastructure, this committee will oversee the strategic growth of technology across major customer initiatives, emerging innovations, and significant trends.

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Inderpal Bhandari

As part of these changes, the company also appointed Inderpal Bhandari to its board of directors. Bhandari has served as IBM’s global chief data officer since 2015, where he leads the company’s data strategy, hybrid cloud, and AI leadership. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Walgreens Boots Alliance at an incredibly exciting time in its history,” said Bhandari. “I believe WBA is uniquely positioned to offer technology-enabled healthcare solutions, which will ultimately help millions of people focus on their health. Nothing could be more important than that and I’m excited to work with this high-caliber and talented team to address some of the most challenging healthcare issues of today.”

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“We want to welcome Inderpal to our board and Hsiao to our executive leadership team,” said Brewer. “They are both incredibly talented leaders and technologists. Together with our board’s new finance and technology committee, they will be instrumental to achieving our goals and truly differentiating Walgreens Boots Alliance in how we deliver the healthcare of the future.”

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