100 Most Influential People in Healthcare - 2017
Executive vice chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
- Compensation: $7,133,155 - according to 2015 SEC
- Years on list: 1
Pessina has led Walgreens Boots Alliance since December 2014, when the merger of Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens and Europe-based Alliance Boots was consummated. As CEO of Alliance Boots, Pessina was a driving force behind the deal, which created a global pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise with a presence in more than 25 countries and more than 400,000 people. In the U.S., Walgreens is the nation's No. 2 pharmacy chain, with roughly 8,200 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with approximately 247,000 employees.