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Bridge Award Profiles : Gregory D. Wasson
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


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2015 Pat Harris

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2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"Diversity and inclusion at Walgreens are more than business initiatives – they are a way of life, embedded deep in our culture. As a retailer in diverse communities across the country and Puerto Rico, we want to reflect that diversity in many ways – in the products and services we offer, in our choice of the vendors and other entities with whom we do business, and in our everyday interactions with our customers, patients and each other."


Gregory D. Wasson

President and Chief Executive Officer
Walgreen Co.

Gregory D. Wasson is president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co. and has served on the company’s board of directors since 2009.

Mr. Wasson joined Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1980 while a student at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Indiana. 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, Mr. Wasson was named a Walgreens vice president and executive vice president of Walgreens Health Initiatives, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). He 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 chief executive officer in February 2009.

Mr. Wasson continues to drive a Walgreens culture of high performance, access, and opportunity. His senior leadership team is one of the most diverse among Fortune 500 companies, and together they have watched over the growth of food oases in medically underserved communities, conducted Wellness Tours in partnership with the National Urban League, achieved a top 100-point rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, leveraged the Walk With Walgreens campaign to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research through the Magic Johnson Foundation, achieved the Corporate Champion Award from YWCA of Lake County, Illinois, as well as Casa Central, and been nominated for the Corporation of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council for excellence in supporting minority- and women-owned businesses. He also commissioned the launch of Walgreens corporate Business Resource Groups, which are devoted to employee engagement and development, attracting and retaining the best talent available, and increasing brand awareness in diverse communities. During Mr. Wasson’s tenure as CEO, Walgreens created the Diversity and Inclusion division, headed by its first chief diversity officer. In addition, Walgreens active employment of people living with disabilities has become a national model.

Mr. Wasson also serves on 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.

Currently, Mr. Wasson also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He is a board member of 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.

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