Boss goes after announcement of Lloyds closures
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.