Walgreen Co. has confirmed a report in WWD on June 12 that Shannon Petree has been named divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty and personal care for the retailer.
She will join Walgreens on July 13 from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where she was most recently director and senior buyer, beauty. Her hiring follows the May departure of Kathy Steirly, who had a similar post.
In addition, Dave Van Howe is transitioning over the next several months to the new position of corporate vice president of New Business Development within Merchandising. Van Howe joined Walgreens in 2000 as general merchandise manager of beauty and fashion. Prior to that, he held operations and purchasing positions with Kmart, Arbor Drugs Inc. in Michigan and CVS Corp.