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Walgreens promotes Rick Gates to SVP of pharmacy

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Rick Gates has been named senior vice president of pharmacy and health care for Walgreens.

Rick Gates

Gates most recently served as group vice president of pharmacy. With the promotion, he will oversee commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain, and clinical programs and alliances, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said Thursday.

He reports to Richard Ashworth, president of operations for Walgreens.

“Rick’s 22 years of experience, grounded in pharmacy and operations, position him well to bring together our commercial and pharmacy strategies and assess the impact to our patients and stores,” Ashworth said in a statement.

After joining Walgreens as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager in 1995, Gates spent most of his career at the company in store and pharmacy operations before joining Walgreens support office.

He became executive pharmacy director of western operations in June 2009 and, while in that role, was responsible for pharmacy integration during the Duane Reade acquisition. He also led a team ensuring operational enablement and execution of strategic programs.

Gates was appointed divisional vice president of health and wellness initiatives in December 2011 and then as vice president of pharmacy operations in February 2015 before being named group vice president of pharmacy.

He currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Leadership Board, and he’s an active member of the American Pharmacists Association, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and National Specialty Pharmacy Association.


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