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Walgreens adds to pharmacy, health and wellness division
October 11th, 2011
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has added two people to the leadership team of its pharmacy, health and wellness division.
Dr. Jeffrey Kang will join the company on October 31 as senior vice president of health and wellness services and solutions, reporting to both president and CEO Greg Wasson and president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford.
In addition, Mike Ellis has joined Walgreens as vice president of specialty pharmacy and infusion, reporting to Crawford.
"To advance community pharmacy and our role in the integration and cost-effective delivery of health care, we are continuing to strengthen the talent and leadership of our pharmacy, health and wellness organization," said Crawford. "Jeff comes to Walgreens after a long and diverse career in the health care industry. He has experienced the industry from all sides – as a practicing physician, from inside government and in the private sector. With his extensive background in health care, Jeff has the breadth of experience and strategic insight to lead our health and wellness businesses, building a dynamic organization that helps us meet customers’ needs for access to quality, affordable healthcare."
Most recently Kang, 55, served as chief medical officer at CIGNA, where he was responsible for health strategy and policy for its medical, pharmacy and behavioral products. In addition, he was responsible for CIGNA’s pay for performance programs, including its patient centered medical home and accountable care organizations.
Crawford, in announcing the appointment of Ellis, said he will bring important strategic oversight to both of those business units. "Mike’s well-rounded background in specialty and infusion pharmacy includes developing strategic service relationships with the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and building new business opportunities," said Crawford. "His leadership will be an important part of our opportunity to play a significant role as a provider in these growing pharmaceutical segments."
Before taking this post, Ellis, 53, managed private investments for companies in health care and other industries. Prior to that, he served as the senior vice president of specialty trade relations and contracting and pharmaceutical services for CVS Caremark. His more than 28 years of experience covers both the specialty pharmacy and infusion services industries.