Deerfield, Ill. — Crawford, the president of pharmacy, health and wellness, will continue to serve as senior counselor to Walgreens’ president and CEO.
Deerfield, Ill. — Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness for Walgreen Co., has decided to retire after 31 years in a variety of advancing roles with the company to take on new opportunities, including continuing to serve as a senior counselor to Walgreens’ president and chief executive officer, Greg Wasson.
Crawford plans to join the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy, where will serve as executive in residence and senior advisor to the dean. Crawford currently is a member of the USC School of Pharmacy’s board of councilors. His retirement from Walgreens will be effective Dec. 31, 2014, after which he will assume the role of senior counselor.
“Words cannot capture the magnitude of Kermit Crawford’s impact on Walgreens and our people, on America’s retail pharmacy industry and on the health and wellbeing of millions of customers and patients we have been privileged to serve over the years,” Wasson says. “Kermit has well positioned Walgreens for the future, and I appreciate his willingness to serve as my senior counselor and continue his remarkable influence on our company and future — and I look forward to working together in our new capacity.”
Crawford began his career with Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1983. He advanced through company ranks, holding positions from pharmacist to store and district manager to vice president of store operations. In 2004, he was named Walgreens Health Services vice president of PBM (pharmacy benefit management) services and, in 2005, was promoted to executive vice president of PBM services and a corporate vice president for Walgreens, heading up all aspects of strategic, operational and profit and loss management of the company’s PBM covering more than 10 million lives.
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