CEO Today Top 50 – Stefano Pessina

CEO Top 50

Name: Stefano Pessina

Net worth: Approx. $10 billion

Company: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Bio: Stefano Pessina graduated in nuclear engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.  He took over his family’s pharmaceutical wholesaler in 1977 and turned it into Alliance Santé, which merged with Alliance UniChem in 1997. He joined its board of Directors and later served as its CEO until 2004.

Between 2007 to 2014, Pessina served as Chairman of Alliance Boots and as a Director of Walgreens until August 2014. He now works as Vice Chairman and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, the product of a merge between the two companies.

Pessina’s partner is Ornella Barra, the co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance and a regular inclusion in Fortune Magazine’s most powerful women in business.

Jacopo Pessina, his 36-year-old son, serves as Director M&A and Healthcare Innovation International at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

CEO Fact: In 2016, Pessina was named in the Panama Papers leaks that exposed the offshore tax affairs of a large number of celebrities and businessmen.

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