Diana Marszalek 30 May 2023 // 8:05PM GMT
CHICAGO — Aaron Radelet will be stepping down from his role as Walgreens Boots Alliance's global CCO "for new opportunities."
“I did not come to this conclusion lightly, and I am left with many great memories and experiences,” Radelet said in a LinkedIn post.
“Our Communications team has achieved record-high media visibility, favorability and reputation scores for WBA and our brands. I will never forget all the phenomenally inspirational stories we had the privilege to share in the midst of the pandemic — thanks to the astounding work of our colleagues around the world,” he said.
Radelet joined the pharmacy and health & wellness company — whose brands include Walgreens and Duane Reade in the US and Boots in Europe and Asia — as the retailer’s first CCO in July 2019 following eight years at Hilton, where he served as CCO and VP of global communications.
Radelet’s tenure at WBA was marked by the handling of the communications challenges that came with the Covid pandemic, which required working with brand comms teams around the world that, only months before, operated largely independently of each other to deliver messages that were at once educational and reassuring.
Just months later, Walgreens was at the center of the civil rights protests following George Floyd’s death, with some of its stores suffering damage while needing to allay customers and employee concerns around safety and access to medications.
“I'm deeply appreciative to our CEO Roz Brewer, who has been a strong champion of communications during my time reporting to her. I’m grateful to her and all our business partners who have been so supportive of me and our team, and opened many opportunities for us.
“I want to end by saying one more very heartfelt thank you to my team (some of whom are represented in this photo). We have built an exceptional organization of highly talented professionals, and I am extraordinarily proud of everything we’ve accomplished,” he said.