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Walgreens CIO leaving to launch retail marketing startup

Clint Boulton | Feb. 8, 2017
Abhi Dhar, who helped lead several mobile and other digital initiatives at the pharmacy retailer, is stepping down next month to step up to a CEO role.

Walgreens in flux

Dhar’s exit comes at a busy time for Walgreens, whose $9.4 billion merger with Rite-Aid is under scrutiny by the Federal Communications Commission. The tie-up would provide a formidable opponent for chief rival CVS, which under CIO Stephen Gold and CDO Brian Tilzer is far into its own digital transformation.

Dhar joined Walgreens' as CTO of digital and head of mobile solutions in 2009, a role in which he helped usher the company's mobile app to market. In 2014, he was promoted to senior vice president and CIO after the company merged with Alliance Boots in late 2014.

 

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