Boss goes af­ter an­nounce­ment of Lloyds clo­sures

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

THE boss of Coven­try- based Ce­le­sio UK, the par­ent com­pany of the Lloyds Phar­macy chain, has stepped down from the busi­ness.

Cor­mac Tobin’s move comes in the wake of an an­nounce­ment that Ce­le­sio planned to close or sell al­most 200 Lloyds Phar­macy branches across Eng­land.

Ce­le­sio UK said Mr Tobin had de­cided to leave the com­pany af­ter more than ten years with the group.

Ce­le­sio UK is based in Saphire Court at Wals­grave Tri­an­gle where it is be­lieved to em­ploy be­tween 800 and 900 peo­ple.

Brian Tyler, chair­man of the man­age­ment board of McKes­son Europe, which owns Ce­le­sio UK, said: “Cor­mac has been an en­er­getic and trusted leader of our UK and Ire­land busi­nesses.

“He has built a strong lead­er­ship team for Ce­le­sio UK and his warm and en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity made him many friends across com­mu­nity phar­macy and be­yond.

“There is a gen­uine af­fec­tion for him amongst our col­leagues who value his abil­ity to un­der­stand cus­tomers and pa­tients and put them at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do. “I am grate­ful for the ded­i­ca­tion that Cor­mac has shown over the last few years and his lead­er­ship through an ever- chang­ing ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment. I wish him ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture.” Dur­ing his ten­ure at the com­pany, which in­cludes Lloyds Phar­macy and AAH Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Mr Tobin has over­saw three ma­jor ac­qui­si­tions. He also in­tro­duced the UK’s first Pre­scrip­tion Assem­bly So­lu­tion ( PAS), which rev­o­lu­tionised off­site dis­pens­ing. Mr Tobin has left with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and the re­main­ing mem­bers of the Ce­le­sio UK board will man­age the busi­ness whilst a suc­ces­sor is sought, re­port­ing to Mr Tyler. Mr Tyler added: “There is a strong and ex­pe­ri­enced man­age­ment team in the UK con­sist­ing of Nigel Swift, Hi­lary Sta­bles, Ruth Poole, Catherine McDer­mott and Mar­cus Hil­ger. To­gether with the en­tire busi­ness in the UK, this lead­er­ship team will be able to suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges that the com­pany faces.” Ce­le­sio UK is based in Saphire Court at Wals­grave Tri­an­gle where it is be­lieved to em­ploy be­tween 800 and 900 peo­ple.

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