Kermit Crawford is executive vice president of the pharmacy, health and wellness division for Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., where he is leading the advancement of community pharmacy to play a greater role in healthcare through integration and expanded services.
Crawford has announced his plan to retire from Walgreens on December 31, 2014. He will continue to serve as a senior counselor to President and CEO Greg Wasson. He plans to join the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy as executive in residence and senior advisor to the dean, as well as broaden his role at the American Diabetes Association as national chair for its Ad Council campaign.
Crawford began his career with Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1983. He advanced through company ranks, holding positions from pharmacist to store and district manager to vice president of store operations. In 2004, he was named Walgreens Health Services vice president of PBM (pharmacy benefit management) services, and in 2005 was promoted to executive vice president of PBM services and a corporate vice president for Walgreens, heading up all aspects of strategic, operational and profit and loss management of the company’s PBM covering more than 10 million lives.
Crawford was promoted to Walgreens senior vice president and then executive vice president of pharmacy services in early 2007 and 2010, respectively. In this role, he pioneered the effort to transform community pharmacy from a transaction-based practice to one focused on access to affordable, quality care. In September of 2010, he was promoted to president of the division. In 2011, his role was broadened to include leadership of all pharmacy, health and wellness services. Crawford was honored by Chain Drug Review in 2009 as the “Pharmacy Executive of the Year.” In 2011, Chain Drug Review named Walgreens “Retailer of the Year” and recognized Crawford among Walgreens top five executives earning the distinction. In 2012, Savoy Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” Also in 2012, Black Enterprise Magazine named Crawford one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.”
Crawford is a member of the board of directors of the Allstate Corporation, as well as the boards of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. In addition, he serves on the board of councilors of the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago.
Crawford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University in 1983.