COVENTRY, England, February 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lloydspharmacy has announced the appointment of Tony Page as managing director of the 1,650 strong community pharmacy chain.
Tony joins the organisation following a 23 year career in the retail sector, most recently in the role of commercial director for Lenta Ltd where he helped to lead the successful turnaround of one of Russia's leading hypermarkets. He has also held executive board positions at both Woolworths Plc and Asda, where he spent 13 years and worked alongside Allan Leighton and Archie Norman.
Speaking of his appointment, Dr Fritz Oesterle, chairman and CEO of Celesio, Lloydspharmacy's parent company, said: "Tony brings a wealth of experience to Lloydspharmacy and a passion for excellence in serving the customer. The UK healthcare market is undergoing a period of significant change and under Tony's leadership we intend to diversify our income and lead the sector as we build on our heritage of medicines dispensing, firmly establishing Lloydspharmacy as a leading healthcare provider."
Tony will join Lloydspharmacy on 21 February.
Commenting on his new role, Tony said: "I'm really excited about joining Lloydspharmacy. We're entering a new healthcare landscape and there are significant opportunities for a business like Lloydspharmacy which places the needs of all its customers at its heart. I look forward to leading the business as we embark on the next phase of our growth."
Lloydspharmacy has over 1650 chemist locations across the UK, employs over 17,000 staff and dispenses over 151 million prescription items annually.
Lloydspharmacy has primary care at the heart of its business. It has launched a range of products aimed at improving community health such as affordable blood pressure monitors and allergy relievers, as well as a suite of convenient professional health check services including free blood pressure and diabetes testing, and cholesterol test and heart check services in the comfort of a private consultation room. Lloydspharmacy also offers an online pharmacy and an online doctor on its website.
About Tony Page:
Tony Page has 23 years experience in the retail sector. He began his career at J Sainsbury plc, where he spent 6 years before joining Asda plc. Tony also spent two years as managing director for commercial at Woolworths plc. Most recently Tony has spent the last twelve months in the role of commercial director at Russian hypermarket chain Lenta Ltd, being a significant driver of change in the now thriving business.
For further media information please contact:
Claire Connolly Lloydspharmacy Press Office Sapphire Court Walsgrave Triangle Coventry CV2 2TX +44(0)2476-432192 http://www.lloydspharmacy.com