Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) named a new vice-president of purchasing on Friday, replacing its previous officer who left the company.
The company said Van Howe, who joined the firm in 2000 as a general merchandise manager, will be promoted to vice president of purchasing. Coming with over 30 years of experience, Howe will replace Robert Kral who left to pursue outside interests.
â€œFrom the very beginning of his career at Walgreens, Dave has proved to be a strong developer of staff members and has fostered strong relationships with people across all divisions of the company as well as with our outside vendors,â€ said Jeffrey A. Rein, Walgreens President and CEO.
Walgreen Co. is the nation's largest drugstore chain, with 5,675 stores and fiscal 2006 sales of $47.4 billion.