Betterlife and Lloyds Pharmacy parent company appoints new CEO

Celesio UK, which is the parent company of Betterlife Healthcare, Lloyds Pharmacy and John Bell & Croyden, who all deal in mobility aids, has appointed a new CEO.

Toby Anderson joins the healthcare giant from health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson Group, where was CEO Asia and Eastern Europe with accountability for £3bn revenue and 3,300 stores including 1,500 pharmacies.

The former MD of Celesio left the business just two weeks after it announced that it would be shutting or selling about 190 Lloyds branches and Mr Anderson will take control in September.

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Cormac Tobin departed after more than 10 years with the Celesio group where he oversaw three major acquisitions. Remaining members of the board have been managing the business since.

Toby Anderson.

A graduate recruit to Sainsbury’s, Mr Anderson rose through the ranks to leading its petrol business and later its online businesses before relocating to Asia in 2005.

Since then, his career for the Watson Group has included country management roles and eight years as marketing director for Asia and Eastern Europe, leading brand relaunches across 12 markets including the introduction of new store formats, websites and loyalty programmes.

Brian Tyler, Chairman of the Management Board of McKesson Europe, said: “We are evolving into an agile business that can respond to changing customer behaviour, play a larger role in the health of our communities, take advantage of technological advancements and react to legislative changes.

“Toby is committed to navigating the current and future challenges that our company faces and helping us to truly transform healthcare in the UK.”

Betterlife closed one of its stores in February which it described as an ‘evolution of the retail business’.

Celesio’s other mobility retail operator, John Bell & Croyden, enjoyed a 20% sales surge shortly following an overhaul of its London store.

CLICK HERE to read our interview with John Bell & Croyden boss Robin Winfield.

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