Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced that Kermit Crawford, president of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness, has decided to retire after 31 years in a variety of advancing roles with the company to take on new opportunities, including continuing to serve as a senior counselor to Walgreens President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson. Crawford announced that he plans to join the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy, where will serve as Executive in Residence and Senior Advisor to the Dean. Crawford currently is a member of the USC School of Pharmacy’s board of councilors. He also will serve as National Chair for the American Diabetes Association’s new Ad Council campaign across the country. The association recently named him volunteer of the year in his longtime role as a member of the organization’s board for the Northern Illinois and Indiana region. His retirement from Walgreens will be effective Dec. 31, 2014, after which he will assume the role of senior counselor.
Kermit Crawford, Walgreens President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness, is retiring after 31 years with the company. (Photo: Business Wire)“After 31 years with Walgreens, starting as a pharmacy intern in my 20s, the time is right to retire from the company to broaden my horizons and seek new ways to serve,” Crawford said. “I love Walgreens, cherish my years and friends here and the incredibly dedicated people across the company. To me, community pharmacy has long been an unsung hero in our health care system, helping primary caregivers to provide convenient, affordable and essential health and wellness services in neighborhoods across America. I look forward to continuing to help Greg Wasson and the team to advance the role of community pharmacy in health care as I also pursue other opportunities to provide leadership in new areas.”