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 also serves on the board of directors of Verizon Communications Inc.
In addition, Wasson currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for 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. 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 has co-chaired Chicago fundraisers for ACS, Junior Achievement, the American Heart Association’s 2010 Chicago Heart Ball and the Chicago Academy of Sciences 2011 Annual Butterfly Ball to benefit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.