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Abhi Dhar is the new chief technology officer in the e-commerce unit of the drugstore chain and e-retailer. The company also has hired Tim Theriault as chief information officer and senior vice president, with responsibility for information technology.
Walgreen Co. has named a new chief technology officer for its e-commerce division and a new chief information officer with overall responsibility for information technology for the national drugstore chain and online retailer.
Abhi Dhar takes over as chief technology officer in the e-commerce division of Walgreen, No. 68 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, with responsibility for delivery, development and innovation of the online platform. Dhar has been since 2006 chief information and senior vice president at TravelClick, a provider of e-commerce technology to hotels.
The company also has hired Tim Theriault as chief information officer and senior vice president, putting him in charge of information technology for the company. He has served as president of worldwide operations and technology and chief technology officer at Chicago bank Northern Trust Corp., and also was a technology executive for consumer goods manufacturer S.C. Johnson and Son Inc.
“Tim is a highly respected technology and banking executive who brings a unique combination of leadership, innovation and business intellect,” says Walgreen president and CEO Greg Wasson. “His strategic business skills, reputation for building teams and financial background give Tim a combination of technology and business expertise that extends well beyond the I.T. space.”
Theriault replaces as CIO Denise Wong, who has been named corporate vice president of information technologies, with responsibility for the company’s in-store retail and corporate shared services I.T. systems.