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Jim Townsend

Chief Procurement Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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United Kingdom


Senior Procurement leader with 30 years’ experience in retail, healthcare, materials and aerospace and manufacturing. Expertise in transformation & performance turnaround with a track record delivering commercial entrepreneurship via innovative supply chain partnerships. Known for ensuring environmental and sustainability governance is embedded in the organisation and supply chain as a competitive advantage. Experience managing commercial spend of $8BN and teams of 200 FTEs. Member of group operating committee, frequently presenting commercial procurement strategies at group board level. Led procurement across the US, Western/Eastern Europe, SE Asia and Latin America. Worked extensively sourcing product across low-cost economies. Achieves success by building effective working relationships that are enterprise wide. Accomplished in strategy creation and execution, removing complexity and delivering messages in an easy-to-understand language. Technology-savvy, with an understanding of its potential to disrupt and improve to drive business performance. Strong personal accountability, courage, execution focus and commitment.

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Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance


Master of Business Administration (MBA), Strategic Procurement