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Top merchant exec to exit drugstore giant


Walgreens Boots Alliance is losing its chief merchandising and marketing officer.

Linda Filler, Walgreens' president of retail products and chief merchandising and marketing officer, will depart the retailer effective April 1. Filler has been in the role since January 1, 2015. Prior to joining the drug store chain, she was president of Claire’s Stores. Before Claire’s, Filler served as was executive VP and chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club,

"We appreciate Linda’s contributions to our company,” Michael Polzin, divisional VP corporate communications at Walgreens Boots, said in an emailed statement to Chain Store Age sister publication Drug Store News. “Under her leadership, we have created a clear plan to accelerate our progress in retail products and we’re seeing market-share growth and improvement in customer satisfaction. Linda has agreed to act in a strategic advisory capacity to us beyond this date. In addition, she has plans to accept a second public company board role and to devote more time to her family."

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