Kraft Heinz IT boss Tinto takes Boots CIO role

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Francesco Tinto as its global chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president.

Tinto will oversee the global strategy for the group’s IT operations across all of the company’s divisions, including Boots in the UK, and he will be responsible for technology and digital innovation.

Within his remit is data analytics, business intelligence, development, support, infrastructure, security and technical services. He will report to Ornella Barra and Alex Gourlay, the co-chief operating officers at WBA.

The new recruit has spent the last 17 years in various leadership positions at Kraft Heinz Company and Kraft Foods. Most recently, he was global CIO and head of global business services at Kraft Heinz, where he oversaw IT and shared services, spanning finance, customer service, master data, human resources, and analytics.

Earlier in his career, Tinto spent over ten years at FMCG titan Procter & Gamble, managing key functions for retail, marketing, sales, supply chain and information systems.

“I am very glad to be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance at a time when technology and innovation are more important than ever to the company’s success,” said Tinto.

“I am looking forward to working with my highly-talented team around the world to ensure WBA is at the forefront in this critical area of the business.”

Technology projects including the implementation of Microsoft's Azure and Alphabet’s Verily will be central to the role. Tinto has been tasked with overseeing the maintenance of all systems of record for the company and the management of in-house applications, package implementations and vendor products.

Anthony Roberts, who previously served as global CIO and senior vice president at WBA, will retire from WBA to focus on other non-executive roles outside of the company. He will continue to help WBA in an advisory capacity.

Barra and Gourlay said: “We are deeply thankful to Anthony for building a world-class IT function, which has been integral to our company’s success.

“We are also thrilled to welcome Francesco, who brings an exceptional background and experience to this role.”

In January, WBA and Microsoft signed a seven-year deal to develop technology solutions and support new digital innovations in healthcare, as the retail and pharmacy group looks to modernise its IT infrastructure.

The ambition is to use technology to support the development of various products, facilities, and tools aimed at making healthcare more personal, affordable and accessible for people around the world.

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