Walgreens Promotes New CIO From Within

0aaturnerWalgreens has promoted Steve Turner to the position of VP and CIO effective April 1, replacing the company’s outgoing CIO and Chief Digital Officer, Abhi Dhar, who is leaving to form an online marketing startup.

In this role, Turner will report jointly to Walgreens Boots Alliance Co-COO Alex Gourlay and Global CIO Anthony Roberts.

Turner presently serves as Walgreens’ VP of Service Delivery and Infrastructure, where he oversees the brand’s data centers, compute, storage, databases, telecom, data networks and office automation capabilities. He also has held leadership roles in e-Commerce, data analytics, digital, mobile and infrastructure operations.


From 2012 until 2015, Turner served as Senior Director of Digital and Mobile Technology Operations, where he led the company’s first implementation of Big Data software architecture Hadoop, and led a task force to explore personalization capabilities.

The pharmacy is going to need all hands on deck as it continues its battle for regulatory approval to complete a merger with Rite Aid. The companies recently agreed to extend their merger deadline from Jan. 27 to July 31.


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