|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2009)|
Gregory D. Wasson is the president of Walgreens, and CEO effective February 1, 2009. He was born in 1958, the second of five children of Richard "Dick" and Phyllis Wasson. He and his family attend Long Grove Community Church, where his wife Kim currently serves as the Compassion/Outreach Ministry Leader.
Wasson joined the company as a pharmacy intern in 1980 while attending Purdue University's school of pharmacy, and managed stores in the Houston area before being promoted to a district manager position in 1986. Wasson was promoted to a regional vice president of the store operations division in 1999. In 2001, he was promoted again to Walgreens vice president and made an executive vice president of Walgreens Health Initiatives, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). Wasson was promoted to president of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2002, Walgreens senior vice president in 2004 and to a Walgreens executive vice president in 2005. He was named president and chief operating officer of Walgreens in 2007. Following the departure of Jeff Rein from the position of CEO, Wasson was chosen as the new officer after a nationwide search for candidates, the first including external possibilities. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.