Walgreens Names Kathleen Wilson-Thompson Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
-DEERFIELD, Ill., November 23, 2009 -
Walgreens today announced the appointment of two new executives. Kathleen Wilson-Thompson has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer, and Charles V. Greener has been named to the new position of vice president of corporate affairs and communications. They will join the company on Jan. 4.
Wilson-Thompson, 52, will be responsible for the strategy and delivery of all human resources related activities at the nation’s largest drugstore chain. She is currently senior vice president of global human resources at Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), where she is also a member of Kellogg’s executive global leadership team.
“Kathleen is an experienced leader who will ensure we have a world-class human resources function for our company,” said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. “She has the background, transformational skills and leadership ability that are consistent with the dynamic change and momentum we have established at Walgreens. She’s also known for her measured approach, unwavering integrity and strategic perspective on business issues.”
Wilson-Thompson joined Kellogg in 1992 as a senior attorney. She has held positions as corporate counsel, human resources manager and vice president and chief counsel for labor and employment. In 2005, she was named to her current position which includes responsibility for all human resource efforts throughout Kellogg’s global organization.
Her efforts to transform the company’s HR strategy led to Kellogg becoming a finalist on Hewitt’s 2009 “Top 20 Companies for Developing Leaders” list. Also, Black Enterprise magazine named Wilson-Thompson to its 2009 list of “The Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.”
“Kathleen made many excellent contributions throughout her 18 years of service with Kellogg,” said David Mackay, President and CEO, Kellogg Company. “Through their work, she and her team have advanced our HR strategy and people programs to a new level. She will truly be missed.”
Wilson-Thompson received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Michigan in 1979, a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1982 and master of laws degree in corporate and finance law, also from Wayne State, in 1996. She was an attorney in private practice and for corporations before joining Kellogg.