By: | Apr-24-17

Scottsdale, Ariz. – During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting, NACDS elected new officers, one new Executive Committee member and two new Board of Directors members for the coming year.

Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance & president, Walgreen Co., will serve as the new chairman of the NACDS Board of Directors. Gourlay succeeds Martin Otto, chief merchant & chief financial officer of H-E-B, who completed his term.

In addition, Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness of Albertsons Companies, was elected NACDS vice chairman, and Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, was elected NACDS treasurer. Each officer will serve a one-year term. In addition, Foulkes was elected to the NACDS Executive Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Alex as chairman of the NACDS Board of Directors,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “Alex has been highly effective as an NACDS officer, including his dedicated involvement in the NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots advocacy program and his engagement on behalf of his company and on behalf of the industry at NACDS meetings and conferences throughout the year. He is highly engaged in the important work of advancing issues of importance to NACDS chain and associate members alike, and we value his leadership.”

Two new Board of Directors members were also elected to serve three-year terms: Brian Nightengale, president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, and Michael K. Bloom, chief executive officer of Fred’s Pharmacy.

The NACDS Board of Directors develops NACDS’ policies and priorities.