James A. Skinner
Chairman, Board of Directors, Walgreen Co.
Retired Vice Chairman and CEO, McDonald's Corp.
James A. Skinner was named chairman of the Walgreen Co. board of directors in July 2012 and has served as a board member since 2005. He is a retired vice chairman and chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corporation. Before being named CEO in November 2004, Skinner served as vice chairman overseeing restaurant operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Skinner held numerous leadership positions during his McDonald’s career. Before becoming vice chairman, he served as president and chief operating officer of the McDonald’s Restaurant Group, with responsibility for the company’s more than 30,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries. Prior to that, Skinner was president of McDonald’s Europe.
He joined McDonald’s International management team in 1992 as senior vice president and relationship partner, overseeing McDonald’s development in Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
After serving in the United States Navy for nearly 10 years, Skinner began his career with McDonald’s in 1971 as a restaurant manager trainee in Carpentersville, Ill. He advanced quickly and held numerous positions in the U.S. company, including director of field operations, market manager, regional vice president and U.S. senior vice president/zone manager.
In addition, he has twice served as an advisory director to McDonald’s Corporation’s board of directors and currently serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Illinois Tool Works and Hewlett Packard.
Skinner is also a member of several civic and business organizations, including The Chicago Club, The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Science and Industry.
Gregory D. Wasson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gregory D. Wasson is president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co., and has served on the company’s board of directors since 2009.
Wasson joined Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1980 while a student at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Ind. After earning his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1981, he managed several Houston Walgreens drugstores before being promoted to district manager in 1986. He was promoted to a regional vice president of Walgreens store operations in 1999.
In 2001, he was named a Walgreens vice president and executive vice president of Walgreens Health Initiatives, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). Wasson was promoted to president of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2002 and named a Walgreens senior vice president in 2004 and a Walgreens executive vice president in 2005. He became president and chief operating officer of Walgreens in 2007 and was appointed CEO in February 2009.
Wasson is a member of the board of directors of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group in which Walgreens holds a 45 percent equity stake. He is also a member of the board of directors of AmerisourceBergen, a global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services company that Walgreens and Alliance Boots GmbH entered into a strategic long-term relationship with in March 2013. He also serves on the board of directors of Verizon Communications Inc., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Consumer Goods Forum, World Business Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Midtown Educational Foundation, as well as being a member of the British-American Business Council International Advisory Board. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Business Council, The Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. He serves as a member of the Illinois chapter of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer and co-chaired the society’s 2014 Discovery Ball.
Janice M. Babiak
Retired Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP
Jan Babiak joined the Walgreen Co. board of directors in 2012 with more than 30 years of global management and board-level experience.
During a 28-year career at Ernst & Young, she held managing partner and board-level roles in the areas of technology, climate change and sustainability, and regulatory and public policy. She served in consulting, audit and assurance roles for a broad range of clients in the financial services, technology, energy, media, transportation, government, retail and other sectors.
Babiak was founder and managing partner of Ernst & Young’s fastest growing and most profitable United Kingdom practice, which provided IT security, transformation, program management and advisory and assurance services. With full P&L and operational responsibility, she grew the technology security and risk services practice in the United Kingdom, later adding Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (NEMIA), for more than 10 years while also serving on Ernst & Young’s UK operating board.
Following her success in these roles, Babiak was appointed in 2006 to the NEMIA executive management board and as managing partner for regulatory and public policy in NEMIA, and was the board-level sponsor leading all services related to climate change and sustainability across the NEMIA area.
In 2008 she created a new practice as Ernst & Young’s global leader for climate change and sustainability services, operating from the firm’s London headquarters. She was responsible for the strategy and delivery of commercially focused climate change transformation and sustainability services to clients, as well as providing coordination with government offices, regulatory bodies, national professional bodies and other stakeholders. She has led teams delivering advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services focused on clean tech, renewable energy, carbon trading, environmental policy and taxation, green building, green supply chain, carbon measurement and modeling.
Babiak joined Ernst & Young’s audit practice in Oklahoma City in 1982 after earning her bachelors of business administration degree from the University of Oklahoma that same year. She later earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio in 1989. She began her Ernst & Young career serving clients in the financial services, energy, retail and manufacturing industries, then transferred to its then global headquarters in Cleveland to manage the integration of technology into the firm’s audit methodology. In 1990, she transferred to London, England, initially to lead key aspects of the post-merger integration of Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young.
She is a certified public accountant in the United States and a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom.
Babiak has served as a member of the board of directors for the Royal Mail Group since March 2013 and for the Bank of Montreal since October 2012. In 2011, she joined the governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as a council member.
David J. Brailer, MD
Health Evolution Partners
David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2010. He has been chairman of Health Evolution Partners since 2006.
In 2004, prior to joining Health Evolution Partners, he was appointed by the Bush Administration as the first National Health Information Technology Coordinator. In that role, Brailer was the architect of a bipartisan national effort to bring the health care system into the information age, toward transparency, quality and efficiency.
Before his presidential appointment, Brailer was a senior fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, a non-profit research and education organization that provides health care organizations with strategic information and resources about the future impact of technology in health care delivery.
In 1992, Brailer founded CareScience, Inc., a spin-off from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an early leader in the use of the Internet to share health information and improve the quality of care across the United States.
Prior to 1992, Brailer was with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Wharton School of Business. He founded the health information technology program at The Wharton School Health Care Management Department, taught health management and economics in The Wharton MBA program and lectured in The Wharton Executive Education program. He also was an active patient-care physician in general medicine and in immune deficiency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Brailer received a bachelor’s degree in political science and his M.D. from West Virginia University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and earned a Ph.D. in health economics from The Wharton School of Business, where he taught health management for a decade.
Brailer serves on the board of directors for Optimal IMX, CenseoHealth, American Optical Services, and is a member of the Health Care Policy Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School.
Steven A. Davis
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bob Evans Farms Inc.
Steven A. Davis has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2009. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio.
Before joining Bob Evans Farms Inc. in 2006, Davis worked at Yum! Brands Inc. where he was president of Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food Restaurants since 2002. Previously, Davis served in a variety of operations management and other senior executive positions in Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut division, including senior vice president of concept development, where his team introduced the Wing Street concept.
Before joining Pizza Hut in 1993, he worked in marketing management for Kraft General Foods for nine years. His last position with Kraft was as director of marketing for the All American Gourmet division. Earlier in his career, he held a series of brand management positions in Kraft’s cheese business, where he launched several successful new products and marketing campaigns.
Davis is a board member of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Jobs Ohio, Ohio’s private, nonprofit corporation that will lead Ohio’s job creation and economic development activities. He also is a board member for the National Council of Chain Restaurants. He serves on the boards of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. Davis participates in many civic initiatives in his home state of Ohio including the Columbus Partnership, an organization focused on economic development strategy for the region. Davis is a Board Member of Jobs Ohio, a statewide organization focused on economic development.
He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Business Roundtable. In 2005 Black Enterprise magazine named Davis as one of the 75 Most Powerful Black Men in American Business.
Davis holds a master of business administration degree in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
William C. Foote
Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
William C. Foote has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 1997. He is retired chairman and CEO of USG Corporation, the largest manufacturer of gypsum products in North America.
Foote’s assignments at USG included chairman of USG Corporation; chairman, chief executive officer and president of USG Corporation; president and CEO of USG Interiors, Inc.; president and CEO of L&W Supply Corporation; senior vice president and general manager of Central Construction Products Region, United States Gypsum Company; senior vice president, international and business development, USG Interiors, Inc.; and vice president, strategic planning, USG Corporation.
Before joining USG Corporation in 1984 as director of strategic planning and corporate development, Foote held positions of senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company Inc. and assistant treasurer at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Foote is a member of the board of directors of The Kohler Co. and a trustee of Williams College. He is also former chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a life trustee of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Foote earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and a master’s of business administration degree from Harvard University.
Mark P. Frissora
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and The Hertz Corporation
Mark Frissora has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2009. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., the $9.0 billion global car and equipment rental leader, which includes the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, and Firefly car rental brands.
The company operates in 10,400 locations in 150 countries. Additionally, Hertz is the No. 1 car rental brand in the U.S. and at 120 major airports across Europe. Hertz also operates more than 2,600 off-airport, neighborhood locations throughout the U.S. Additionally, Hertz owns vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services. Frissora joined Hertz in 2006 and has more than 35 years of experience in consumer and automotive-related businesses.
Prior to joining Hertz, Frissora led Tenneco, Inc. the $7.4 billion global supplier of automotive emission control and ride control products, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2000 to 2006. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Tenneco, Aeroquip-Vickers Corporation, Philips NV and General Electric Co.
Hertz was named one of the Forbes’ Global 100 Most Reputable Companies and recognized by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium for its gold standard in ethical behavior. Hertz earned more than 50 industry “Best of” awards in 2012, including Zagat’s Best Overall Car Rental Company. In 2011, Hertz was named No. 5 Top Employer by Diversity Employers Magazine and was listed among the select Diversity Employers of Choice by Best Jobs USA. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Wall Street Journal bestowed three Business Travel Innovation Awards upon Hertz in 2012: the People’s Choice and Travel Personalization Awards for NeverLost and the Sustainable Practice Award for Hertz on Demand.
Frissora was named one of Business Travel News’ Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2012 and was presented with the 2012 Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Services in Advancing Cancer Research by the Cancer Research Institute. Frissora is also on the Board of Delphi Holdings LLP, is a member of the G100, serves on McKinsey’s CEO Advisory Council, and is on the Board of the U.S. Travel Association and World Travel and Tourism Council.
Frissora holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and completed advanced studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Thunderbird International School of Management.
Ginger L. Graham
President and CEO
Two Trees Consulting
Ginger L. Graham has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2010. Ginger Graham is the president and CEO of Two Trees Consulting. She consults to first-time CEO’s in the areas of leadership, strategy, board-effectiveness and organization-building.
She is the former president and chief executive officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, Calif., focused on diabetes and obesity. During Ginger’s tenure at Amylin, the company launched two first-in-class medicines for people with diabetes, was listed on the Nasdaq 100 and was rated as one of the Top 10 places in the industry for scientists to work.
Prior to her time at Amylin, Ginger was group chairman, office of the president for Guidant Corporation, a major cardiovascular medical device manufacturer based in Indianapolis, Ind. During Ginger’s tenure at Guidant, the company launched the world’s leading stent platform, was listed in the Fortune 500, was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the Best Companies to Work For in America, and was included in Industry Week Magazine’s 100 Best Managed Companies in the World.
Ginger has received numerous awards and honors including being named as the Emerging Company Executive of the Year by the Global Health Council in 2005, a finalist in Marketwatch’s CEO of the Year in 2006, and named as the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor award in 2006. She was included in Pharma VOICE’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” list in 2006 and World Pharmaceuticals magazine named her number 10 on a list of 40 most influential people in the industry in 2007. Ginger was the first woman CEO named to the PhRMA Board and Executive Committee.
Ms. Graham also serves on the boards of directors for Genomic Health Inc. Proteus Digital Health Pharmaceutical Division, Surefire Medical, Elcelyx Therapeutics, Clovis Oncology Inc. and the Circle of Life Hospice Foundation. Ms. Graham is a member of the Harvard Business School Health Industry Alumni Advisory Board, the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Campaign Steering Committee and the advisory board for the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado. She also serves on the advisory board for the Kellogg Center for Executive Women and co-chairs the Scientific Council of the University of Colorado’s Center for Women’s Health Research. Graham taught entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and has written for Harvard Business Review.
Ginger received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas, and holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University.
Alan G. McNally
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Harris Financial Corporation
Alan G. McNally was chairman of Walgreen Co. from 2008 to 2012 and has served on Walgreens board of directors since 1999. He was chief executive officer of Harris Bank from 1993 to 2002 and chairman of the board of Harris Financial Corporation from 1998 to 2006, and currently serves as special advisor to these organizations (now known as BMO Harris Bank).
McNally joined the Bank of Montreal Group of Companies (BMO Financial Group) in 1975 and played a leading role in the Harris/Bank of Montreal merger in 1984. Prior to his move to Chicago, he was vice chairman responsible for personal and commercial financial services at Bank of Montreal. In this position, McNally served individuals, small businesses and corporate mid-market customers nationwide in Canada through a network of branches, relationship managers and electronic channels.
McNally has served as chairman of MasterCard International Inc. in New York. He also was the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s representative on the Federal Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington.
McNally had senior responsibilities in virtually every area of BMO Financial Group’s operations: in finance as corporate controller, in London as head of European operations serving corporations and financial institutions, and in international banking and treasury operations responsible for North America, Europe and Asia.
Following his retirement as Harris Bank’s chief executive, McNally served as an advisor to public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Previously, he was a member of the board of NorthShore University HealthSystem, trustee of DePaul University, trustee of Kenyon College in Ohio, member of the advisory board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, campaign chair for the Chicago United Way, director of Chicago Youth Centers, treasurer of the Commercial Club of Chicago, member of the Civic Committee and director of the Chicago Club.
In Canada, McNally was treasurer of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, a member of the board of governors of York University, director of Kids’ Help Phone and director of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
In recognition of his civic leadership, he has received the Daniel H. Burnham Award for outstanding efforts and involvement in Chicago’s business, cultural, educational and philanthropic communities, the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award, the Christian Industrial League’s Community Builder Award and the Prime Movers Award honoring individuals and organizations that have created opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in Chicago.
He has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in Toronto and has been recognized by York’s Schulich School of Business as the recipient of the Outstanding Executive Leadership Award.
Born in Quebec City in 1945, McNally attended Cornell University from 1963 to 1967, where he was awarded bachelor of science and master degrees in industrial engineering and was a varsity hockey goaltender and freshman hockey coach. He later earned an international masters of business administration from York University in Canada, a program that included studies at Harvard Graduate School of Business, Oxford University Center for Management Studies and INSEAD in France.
Prior to joining Bank of Montreal, McNally spent six years with Aluminum Company of Canada, in finance and other functions in Arvida, Quebec and the Montreal head office.
He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and three grandchildren and reside in Vero Beach, Florida.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.L.P.
Dominic Murphy has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since August 2012, after Walgreens and Alliance Boots GmbH formed a strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.
Dominic Murphy is a partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.L.P. (KKR). He is responsible for the development of KKR’s activities in the U.K. and Ireland, is head of its healthcare industry team in Europe and is a member of the firm’s European investment and portfolio management committees. He was appointed to the board of Alliance Boots in July 2007. He is also a member of the board of Acteon, a subsea oilfield services company and Ambea, one of the largest healthcare and care services companies in the Nordic region.
Since joining KKR in 2005 he has played a significant role in the investments in Alliance Boots, Ambea, Acteon Group Ltd. and SBS Broadcasting. He also serves as a member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Corporate Partnerships Board and the National Portrait Gallery Development Council. He was formerly a partner at Cinven, a large European-based private equity firm and an investment manager with 3i.
Alliance Boots GmbH
Stefano Pessina has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since August 2012. He is executive chairman of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. He is also a non-executive director of Galenica.
Prior to the merger of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group, he was executive deputy chairman of Alliance UniChem, previously having been its chief executive for three years up until December 2004. Pessina was appointed to the Alliance UniChem Board in 1997 when UniChem merged with Alliance Santé, the Franco-Italian pharmaceutical wholesale group which he established in Italy in 1977.
Mr. Pessina is an engineer by profession.
JANA Partners LLC
Barry Rosenstein founded and has served as the managing partner of JANA Partners LLC, an investment management firm, since 2001. JANA focuses on companies with a compelling valuation and various catalysts to realize value.
Prior to founding JANA Partners, Mr. Rosenstein held executive, management, and investment banking positions with Sagaponack Partners L.P., Genesis Merchant Group Securities, Reatta Partners, Plaza Securities Corporation, and Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Rosenstein graduated from Lehigh University (1981) Phi Beta Kappa and he earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business (1984).
He has previously served as a director of Convergys Corporation, Copart, Inc., Cobra Electronics Corporation, and Marisa Christina, Inc.
Mr. Rosenstein is a trustee of Brown University, the US Olympic Foundation, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Nancy M. Schlichting
Chief Executive Officer
Henry Ford Health System
Nancy M. Schlichting has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2006. She is chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, one of the country’s largest health care systems that integrates primary and specialty care with research and education. A 2011 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the system includes the Henry Ford Medical Group, five owned hospitals, the Health Alliance Plan, 32 primary care centers and many other health-related entities located throughout southeastern Michigan.
Schlichting brings decades of health care expertise to Walgreens. She joined Henry Ford in 1998 as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. She was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer the following year and assumed the additional responsibilities of president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in 2001. She was formally named president and CEO of the health care system in June 2003.
Prior to joining Henry Ford Health System, Schlichting was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. She has also served as president of the Eastern Region of Catholic Health Initiatives, president and CEO of Riverside Methodist Hospitals and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Akron City Hospital.
Schlichting serves on numerous community, professional and corporate boards that reflect both her professional and personal interests. She is a board member of The Kresge Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors, the Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, the Detroit Economic Club, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, and is past chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Schlichting earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy studies magna cum laude from Duke University and a masters of business administration degree from Cornell University. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from Central Michigan University and Walsh College.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Evans Food Group, Inc.
Alejandro Silva has served as a member of the Walgreen Co. board of directors since 2008. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Evans Food Group, Ltd., a Chicago company founded in 1947, that Silva and his partners acquired in 1985.
Under Silva’s leadership, Evans Food Group has become the largest private label pork rind manufacturer in the world, with plants in Ohio, California, Texas, and Mexico. The company is the largest Hispanic-owned business in the Chicago area.
Silva brings more than 35 years of vendor experience to Walgreens, having first entered the industry in Mexico in 1972 as operations manager of KIR Alimentos S.A. Seven years later; he founded a business venture, Alimentos Finos Del Norte, in Saltillo, Mexico, before acquiring Evans Food Group.
Silva serves on the board of directors of Chicago’s PrivateBancorp, Inc. (PVTB Nasdaq) and is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the finance, audit and budgeting committee for the Chicago Transit Authority; chairman of the Chicago/Mexico Sister Cities Committee; and vice president of the Mid-America chapter of the United State/Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He is on the board of the Museum of Science Industry in Chicago, The Field Museum, Chicago Symphony, and the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Silva earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering from the Technology Institute and Superior Studies of Monterrey in Mexico and a master’s degree of science in food technology from the National College of Food Technology in England. He attended the Harvard Business School, Owner/President Management Course.
He has, also, received diplomas from the London School of Foreign Trade and from the College of Distribution Trades in Advanced Meat Technology; Alta Direccion de Empress (IPADE) Advanced Management Program, Monterrey, Mexico; Northwestern University and The Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He attended Directors College at Harvard, University of Chicago, Wharton School, and Stanford University.
He and his wife, Amelia, have three grown children and six grandchildren.
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