Walgreens Boots Alliance steps up tech focus with new CIO

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has revealed it will focus more on technology this year with several new appointments and the launch of a new committee.

Hsiao Wang, who has a background in deep technology across the healthcare and retailer sectors, will become the retail giant's senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO).

Wang will lead the strategy for WBA's IT function and the roll out of its "technology and digital innovation", focussing on advancing the company's technology platform.

He is joining the business from Michaels - a North American arts and crafts retailer - where he was executive vice president and CIO. Prior to that, he spent 16 years working for Walmart in a number of roles.

The company, which owns Boots, said that the board of directors has also created a new committee to put even more focus on technology and finance.

Inderpal Bhandari, who has served as IBM's global chief data officer since 2015, will also be joining WBA as a board director.

“We are making tremendous progress on our strategic priorities, including transforming and aligning our core business and building our next growth engine with consumer-centric healthcare solutions,” said Roz Brewer, chief executive, WBA. “With today’s announcements, we are entering our next phase of execution and elevating our capabilities even further.”

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