Shannon Curtin, the current group vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty and personal care for Walgreens Boots Alliance is leaving her post Sept. 1 to pursue other opportunities, the company confirmed.
“Shannon has made important contributions to expand our beauty business over the last six years. During her tenure, Walgreens created an online Beauty University program and launched a monthly magazine for our best customers,” said a Walgreens spokesperson. “Shannon’s love of the beauty category and her positive interpersonal approach are admirable, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
Lauren Brindley will assume Curtin’s role of the beauty and personal care business starting Sept. 8. Most recently, Brindley was head of premium beauty and fragrance for Alliance Boots.
Curtin joined Walgreens as divisional vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty, personal care and seasonal in 2009 from Wal-Mart. She is credited with being the architect of numerous elevated efforts at Walgreens including the “Go Big in Beauty” strategy, which put a major focus on the category. Under her watch Walgreens added myriad premium and exclusive lines including Boots No7, Circa and Colour Prevails.
A longtime, self-proclaimed beauty junkie, Curtin’s first beauty position was selling fragrances in her hometown department store more than 20 years ago.
Although not related to Curtin’s departure, Walgreens announced Tuesday it plans to cut 370 corporate-level jobs as part of ongoing restructuring and cost-reduction efforts.