Stefano Pessina was appointed Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots in July 2007, having previously been its Executive Deputy Chairman. In August 2012, Stefano was appointed as a non-executive Director of Walgreens and he is also a non-executive Director of Galenica. Prior to the merger of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group, he was Executive Deputy Chairman of Alliance UniChem, previously having been its Chief Executive for three years up until December 2004. Stefano was appointed to the Alliance UniChem Board in 1997 when UniChem merged with Alliance Santé, the Franco-Italian pharmaceutical wholesale group which he established in Italy in 1977. He is an engineer by profession.