Jim Townsend is Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200 stores in 11 countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks providers. Jim leads the group’s procurement team; the team operates across than 20 countries. Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, he has worked in the building materials sector for Anglo American and in aerospace for General Electric and Rolls-Royce. He has worked overseas extensively, in both manufacturing and retail environments. He holds an MBA in Strategic Procurement from the University of Birmingham and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.